Julius Katchen ∙ Concert Tours 1960-1968 ∙ 2CD


From an early stage in his life, Julius Katchen displayed prodigious abilities, astonishing audiences with his technical prowess and profound interpretations. Tragically, his life was cut short in 1969 when he was only 42 years old. With the unwavering support of his devoted mother and grandmother, he achieved remarkable success at a young age, embarking on numerous global tours. During his early years he specialised in twentieth century music, particularly Bartók and Prokofiev. His fame quickly spread worldwide, largely due to his numerous acclaimed recordings for Decca, and he had the privilege of performing with some of the most renowned orchestras and conductors around the globe. In later years, he specialized in the works of Brahms, captivating audiences with his recitals of the complete piano music in prominent cities like London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, and Amsterdam. Our Meloclassic double CD album presents an extensive collection of piano and orchestra compositions, predominantly offering live recordings that have never been released before.

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JULIUS KATCHEN Concert Tours 1960-1968

CD 1

BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No 2 in B-flat Major, Op 83
Julius Katchen ∙ piano
Orchestre de Radio-Luxembourg
Louis de Froment ∙ conductor

Recorded · 25 March 1964 · Luxembourg · Théâtre Municipal · RTL · Live Recording

TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No 1 in B-flat Minor, Op 23
Julius Katchen ∙ piano
Südfunk-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart
Hans Müller-Kray ∙ conductor

Recorded · 03 April 1964 · Stuttgart · Liederhalle · SDR · Radio Studio Recording

CD 2

PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No 1 in D-flat Major, Op 10
Julius Katchen ∙ piano
Sinfonieorchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks
Karl Randolf ∙ conductor

Recorded · 06 January 1960 · Hamburg · Studio 10 · NDR · Radio Studio Recording

RACHMANINOFF: Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini, Op 43
Julius Katchen ∙ piano
Sinfonieorchester des Norddeutschen Rundfunks
Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt ∙ conductor

Recorded · 30 September 1964 · Hannover · Funkhaus · NDR · Live Recording

BARTÓK: Piano Concerto No 3 in E Major, Sz 119, BB 127
Julius Katchen ∙ piano
Südfunk-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart
Georg Ludwig Jochum ∙ conductor

Recorded · 8 December 1967 · Stuttgart · Liederhalle · SDR · Live Recording

RAVEL: Piano Concerto in D Major for Left Hand, M 82
Julius Katchen ∙ piano
Orchestre Philharmonique de l’ORTF
Charles Bruck ∙ conductor

Recorded · 10 December 1968 · Paris · Grand auditorium Radio France · ORTF · Live Recording

Article number: MC 1073
UPC barcode: 791154051009
Release date: 1 July 2023
Booklet: 12 Pages
Total timing: 79:40 CD1 ∙ 76:29 CD2
From the Original Masters ∙ © 2023 Meloclassic

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