Notes and Editorial Reviews
No showmanship, no big gestures, but great music-making from a great pianist... Having grown up with Katchen's Liszt concertos it is, I admit, difficult to be objective, for whatever their shortcomings, every subsequent recording has had to equal them. Very few have, and none has quite displaced or surpassed them for me.
-- Jeremy Nicholas, Gramophone [2/2005, reviewing Decca 460831]
Argenta...inspires some blistering orchestral playing – from the LPO this time – in the First Liszt. Katchen is wispy and quicksilver when needs be – the lightness and graded panache of his trill in the second movement is memorable, whereas the sheer adrenalin and panache of his playing
in the finale is a joy to hear. Stoical but sensitive in the A Major concerto he can also show his brittle mettle in the finale.
-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International [reviewing Decca 460831]
Works on This Recording
Concerto for Piano no 2 in A major, S 125 by Franz Liszt
Julius Katchen (Piano)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1839/1861; Weimar, Germany
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