Mindru Katz;  Commisiona,  Rodan  (Cembal d’Amour 171)
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Mindru Katz;  Commisiona,  Rodan  (Cembal d’Amour 171)
P0996. MINDRU KATZ, w.Comissiona Cond. Israel Broadcast Authority Orch.: Concerto in a (Grieg), recorded 1962; w.Rodan Cond. Israel Broadcast Authority Orch.: Concerto in a (Schumann), recorded 1963. Cembal d’Amour 171. - 798167130929


“The name of Mindru Katz is by now most probably a bell-ringer only for connoisseurs of great pianism. Katz didn’t make a large number of commercial records, and those he did make enjoyed only selective Eastern Bloc circulation….Posterity owes a great debt to intrepid labels like Cembal d’Amour for their dedicated collection, rehabilitation, and publication of rare privately-made aircheck documentation of great but under-recorded virtuosos like Katz….”

- William Trotter, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Nov./Dec., 2009

“Mindru Katz’s recordings are highly valued. In their subtlety and integrity, his readings often seem akin to those of his fellow Musicescu pupil, Dinu Lipatti….he remains a discovery to be cherished.”

– Colin Clarke, CLASSIC RECORD COLLECTOR, Winter, 2008

“Mordecai Shehori has managed to obtain many of Katz’s original tape recordings and is carefully releasing them on his own label….I feel that Katz may be one of the greatest over-looked pianists of the mid 1900's.”

- James Harrington, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, July/Aug., 2010

“Romanian pianist Mindru Katz, who studied with the same teacher (Florica Musicescu) as Dinu Lipatti, lived through the depredations of two violent governments. He survived imprisonment in a concentration camp during World War II and eventually fled Communist Romania, whereupon the country's cultural apparatus ordered much of his recorded legacy destroyed. These…performances date from near the end of Katz's life (he died in 1978) and were assembled from tapes of live performances given to the Cembal d'Amour label by the pianist's widow Zoara Katz. The evidence makes one wonder what has been lost and want to seek out the other scraps of Katz's recorded legacy that are available….The slow movements…. are hushed and still, superbly controlled. It would appear (from the abrupt introduction of the applause at the end of each concerto, among other things) that these performances took a good deal of editing to return to a listenable state. No matter. They are well worth the investment for any devotee of historical releases.”

- James Manheim, allmusic.com