Shopping Cart

0 Items in Cart
Liszt: The Piano Concertos

Julius Katchen

Liszt: The Piano Concertos

...pure poetry
UNI011 (Decca)
Bookmark and Share
This item isn't available in United States. Why is this?



Listen

Tracks: Listen and Download

Track Time Listen
1
Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124 - I. Allegro maestoso - Tempo giusto

Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124 - I. Allegro maestoso - Tempo giusto

Composer Franz Liszt
Conductor Ataulfo Argenta
Soloist Julius Katchen
Band London Philharmonic Orchestra
05:26 Play
2
Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124 - II(a). Quasi adagio

Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124 - II(a). Quasi adagio

Composer Franz Liszt
Conductor

Ataulfo Argenta

Soloist Julius Katchen
Band London Philharmonic Orchestra
05:11 Play
3
Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124 - III. Allegretto vivace

Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124 - III. Allegretto vivace

Composer Franz Liszt
Conductor

Ataulfo Argenta

Soloist Julius Katchen
Band London Philharmonic Orchestra
04:12 Play
4
Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124 - IV. Allegro marziale animato

Piano Concerto No.1 in E flat, S.124 - IV. Allegro marziale animato

Composer Franz Liszt
Conductor

Ataulfo Argenta

Soloist Julius Katchen
Band London Philharmonic Orchestra
03:56 Play
5
Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - I. Adagio sostenuto assai - Allegro agitato assai

Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - I. Adagio sostenuto assai - Allegro agitato assai

Composer Franz Liszt
Conductor

Ataulfo Argenta

Soloist Julius Katchen
Band London Philharmonic Orchestra
07:05 Play
6
Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - II. Allegro moderato

Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - II. Allegro moderato

Composer Franz Liszt
Conductor

Ataulfo Argenta

Soloist Julius Katchen
Band London Philharmonic Orchestra
05:02 Play
7
Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - III. Allegro deciso - Marziale un poco meno allegro

Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - III. Allegro deciso - Marziale un poco meno allegro

Composer Franz Liszt
Conductor

Ataulfo Argenta

Soloist Julius Katchen
Band London Philharmonic Orchestra
06:02 Play
8
Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - IV. Allegro animato

Piano Concerto No.2 in A, S.125 - IV. Allegro animato

Composer Franz Liszt
Conductor

Ataulfo Argenta

Soloist Julius Katchen
Band London Philharmonic Orchestra
01:36 Play
9
Hungarian Rhapsody No.12 in C sharp minor, S.244

Hungarian Rhapsody No.12 in C sharp minor, S.244

Composer Franz Liszt
Conductor

Ataulfo Argenta

Soloist Julius Katchen
Band London Philharmonic Orchestra
09:54 Play
10
10 Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S.173 - No. 7 Funérailles

10 Harmonies poétiques et religieuses, S.173 - No. 7 Funérailles

Composer Franz Liszt
Conductor

Ataulfo Argenta

Soloist Julius Katchen
Band London Philharmonic Orchestra
14:57 Play
11
Fantasia on Hungarian Folk tunes, S.123

Fantasia on Hungarian Folk tunes, S.123

Composer Franz Liszt
Conductor

Ataulfo Argenta

Soloist Julius Katchen
Band London Philharmonic Orchestra
14:57 Play
Total Running Time 78 minutes
Prices shown in US Dollars

Pianist Julius Katchen and conductor Ataulfo Argenta shared a special partnership.  These 1957 performances of the two Liszt Piano
Concertos with the London Philharmonic Orchestra are simply brilliant.

This album is licensed for download from Decca where you can buy the CD.

Download includes - cover art

'Of the many recordings of the two Liszt concertos, the Katchen and the Brendel have always seemed to me much the best, and here they both are, turning up in stereo form at the same moment. Katchen's is the conventional interpretation at its best, brash and exciting but with plenty of poetry at the right moment.' Gramophone

Extract from the sleeve notes Cyrus Meher-Homji

Supercharged virtuoso that he [Katchen] was, he could, when playing with an orchestra, take them to his own dizzying heights. Such is the case of his 1957 recordings of the Liszt concertos with Ataulfo Argenta. With a pianist willing to give these once much-maligned pieces a complete makeover, this was no case of "sawdust and spangles" (Neville Cardus's description of the Second Concerto) or a "Triangle Concerto" (Eduard Hanslick's sneering dismissal of the First). Argenta's conducting is far from a mere accompaniment. However weighted in favour of the soloist the concertos might seem, the Spanish conductor was intent in making the orchestra have its own say.

Aided by Gordon Parry's vivid, upfront sound engineering, the orchestra is given thrilling prominence and the risk taking is doubled. To every orchestral challenge that Argenta hurls in Katchen's direction, the pianist responds with lightening reflexes. Critic Donald Manildi, writing in International Piano Quarterly, notes: 'The Katchen/Argenta collaboration offers playing that relishes the rhetorical
elements to an extraordinary degree. So much so, in fact, that the prominence of the brass in the recorded balance almost gives a new slant to the writing.'

Recording information:

Recording locations: Decca Studios, West Hampstead, May 1953 (Funérailles), June 1961 (Rhapsody); Kingsway Hall, London, December 1955 (Fantasia) and January 1957 (Concertos)
Producers: Decca Studios, West Hampstead, May 1953 (Funérailles), June 1961 (Rhapsody); Kingsway Hall, London, December 1955 (Fantasia) and January 1957 (Concertos)
Recording Engineers: Decca Studios, West Hampstead, May 1953 (Funérailles), June 1961 (Rhapsody); Kingsway Hall, London, December 1955 (Fantasia) and January 1957 (Concertos)

Be the first to add a customer recommendation.

Please Login or Register to write a customer recommendation.