Revisited, with the benefit of the SP15 and in 24/192
Incredible find in a flea market, some years ago…for a few bucks! Decca recordings pressed by Mercury/Philips, almost NM!
The premature death of the genious US-American pianist (with Russian-Jewish origins) Julius Katchen in 1969 (due to leukaemia), at the age of 42 years, will never give an answer to the question about the best pianist of the last century. Anyway, he was one of the best!
Composer: Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer: Julius Katchen
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Pierino Gamba
Number of discs: 4
DR-Analysis: DR 14
Size: 7.97 GB
The premature death of the genious us-american pianist (with russian-jewish origins) Julius Katchen in 1969 (leukaemia), at the age of 42 years, will never give an answer to the question about the best pianist of the last century.
Anyway, he was one of the best!
These were some of the most impressive of Decca’s releases in the late ’50s and early ’60’s. Katchen’s performances are simply electrifying: full of depth, lyricism and extraordinary virtuosity. The sound is similarly excellent – the release should tell us the names of the producers and engineers. (The producer was, in fact, the exemplary Ray Minshull, and the sound has all the hallmarks of the Kingsway Hall in London).
It’s now time for Decca to re-issue all the material from these remarkable sessions with Katchen, Piero (then Pierino!) Gamba, and the LSO. In addition to the first two concertos, it is time to restore the original “fillers” from the LP issues – the Rondo in B flat (originally composed as the finale to the second concerto) and the Egmont overture, which were included on the original four Decca SXL LPs. Gamba’s overall direction throughout is most compelling, and Katchen’s amazing musicianship reminds us of what the world lost when he died at the age of 42 in 1969.
I think this is one of the strongest sets of the Beethoven concertos ever released…
Analyzed Folder: /192k LvB – All Piano Concerti – Katchen_dr.txt
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR14 -0.59 dB -19.35 dB A1 Piano Concerto No.1 in C major Op.15 – 1. Allegro con brio.flac
DR14 -4.33 dB -25.18 dB A2 Piano Concerto No.1 in C major Op.15 – 2. Largo.flac
DR13 -0.36 dB -19.49 dB B1 Piano Concerto No.1 in C major Op.15 – 3. Rondo (Allegro scherzando).flac
DR13 -0.26 dB -18.82 dB B2 Fantasy for Piano Chorus and Orchestra in C Op. 80.flac
DR14 -0.67 dB -18.57 dB C1 Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major Op.19 – 1. Allegro con brio.flac
DR13 -0.44 dB -19.49 dB C2 Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major Op.19 – 2. Adagio.flac
DR13 -1.12 dB -18.37 dB C3 Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major Op.19 – 3. Rondo (Molto allegro).flac
DR14 -0.59 dB -19.82 dB D1 Piano Concerto No.4 in G Op.58 – 1. Allegro moderato.flac
DR13 -4.62 dB -24.36 dB D2 Piano Concerto No.4 in G Op.58 – 2. Andante con moto.flac
DR13 -0.19 dB -17.79 dB D3 Piano Concerto No.4 in G Op.58 – 3. Rondo (Vivace).flac
DR14 -0.78 dB -19.52 dB E1 Rondo in B flat for piano and orchestra WoO6.flac
DR13 -0.38 dB -17.69 dB E2 Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor Op.37 – 1. Allegro con brio.flac
DR14 -3.91 dB -24.48 dB F1 Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor Op.37 – 2. Largo.flac
DR13 -0.87 dB -18.52 dB F2 Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor Op.37 – 3. Rondo (Allegro).flac
DR13 -0.43 dB -18.74 dB G Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 – ‘Emperor’ – 1. Allegro.flac
DR17 -4.98 dB -28.27 dB H1 Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 – ‘Emperor’ – 2. Adagio un poco mosso.flac
DR14 -0.26 dB -18.13 dB H2 Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 – ‘Emperor’ – 3. Rondo (Allegro).flac
DR13 -0.51 dB -19.07 dB H3 ‘Egmont’ Ouverture Op. 84.flac
Number of Files: 18
Official DR Value: DR14
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