Many thanks to our friend Trottar for this rarity
Even Peter Katin cannot quite rescue the first two Liebestraume from the trunk in the attic, but his playing of number three is lovely, transforming its slightly saccharine quality to lyricism. The Rigoletto Paraphrase is gay and delightful. The supreme warhorse, the Hungarian Rhapsody #2, is played so differently and so magnificently that it almost defies description. The textures in the “Lassu” portion are very lean and rapid. There is no grand, rhetorical lingering over each phrase. The ‘Friss” has an astounding drive that banishes all thoughts of the circus. It must be heard. The Rhapsody #15, the Racoczy March from Berlioz “Damnation of Faust”, is again very tight but exciting.
# Composer: Franz Liszt
# Performer: Peter Katin
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Decca/Ace Of Clubs
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 396 MB
Franz Liszt is a problematic composer. Probably the greatest musician of the 19th century for his own transcendental technique, his influence on other composers, his voluminous and selfless transcriptions of other composers’ music, and his advocacy of Wagner, Berlioz, Grieg and countless others, his own ouevre is exceedingly large and varies wildly in quality. But even in the least of his works Liszt imparts a romantic afflatus that combines sentiment, virtuosity and an often pale but distinct lyricism. Because Lizst possesses such virtuosity, many performers (even Horowitz and Richter) stress the pianism to the detriment of the music, which can sound superficial and fustian. The musical virtuosity must be mastered, then subordinated to convey the larger musical idea.
Peter Katin, an English pianist, known to me in a limited fashion for his performances of Mendelssohn and Rachmaninoff, understands the way Liszt should be played and has the virtuosity to do it. He has not had a brilliant international career, but over and over again in the three volumes below, I was impressed by his tremendous musicianship and also by his virtuosity when needed. Most of all, he seems to be able to subordinate his virtuosity to capture and convey the elusive Liszt romantic ethos.
Analyzed folder: /96k(Mono) Liszt – Recital – Katin
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR16 -1.63 dB -24.22 dB A1 Liebestraume Nos. 1, 2 And 3.aif
DR14 -2.99 dB -23.26 dB A2 Rigoletto, Paraphrase De Concert.aif
DR13 -0.89 dB -20.24 dB B1 Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 In C Sharp Minor.aif
DR12 -2.62 dB -20.38 dB B2 Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 In D Flat Major.aif
DR12 -5.00 dB -20.18 dB B3 Hungarian Rhapsody No. 15 In A Minor (Rakoczy March).aif
Number of files: 5
Official DR value: DR14
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