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The Art Of Julius Katchen Vol 3 - Brahms, Schumann / Monteux

Release Date: 01/12/2004 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 460828   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsRobert Schumann
Performer:  Julius Katchen
Conductor:  Pierre MonteuxIstván KertészJános Ferencsik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraIsrael Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 36 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Volume 3 is devoted to Brahms and Schumann. It begins in undisguised magnificence with Katchen and Pierre Monteux in Brahms’s First Concerto, one of the great performances of the work. It opens in tempestuous fashion, implacable but soon yielding, Monteux, who had played in a Quartet for Brahms, bringing out a myriad of subtle orchestral details. Listen to the way, for example, he shapes the voicings of the lower strings in the first movement and those almost quixotically beautiful violins. There is throughout a fascinating sense of unease and insecurity – listen from 11’30 until the reassertions and sureties of 12’15. Katchen is serious and sensitive throughout Monteux’s masterly exhibition of conducting; fire and power are his birthright Read more as is the interior meaning of a movement. The slow movement’s humanity rises to a peak in Monteux’s control of the wind chorale and the finale’s fugal episode, trumpet cries, orchestral pizzicato are all swept up by the conductor in galvanic and triumphant brilliance; so too in a sense is Katchen. Excellent though he is, he can’t help but be overshadowed by the veteran alchemist on the rostrum.

-- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Julius Katchen (Piano)
Conductor:  Pierre Monteux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Julius Katchen (Piano)
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841-1845; Germany 
Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Julius Katchen (Piano)
Conductor:  János Ferencsik
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
Phantasie for Piano in C major, Op. 17 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Julius Katchen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1838; Germany 

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