P1177. JULIUS KATCHEN: Mozart, Beethoven, Schumann, Balakirev & Moussorgsky (the latter's Pictures at an Exhibition). (Germany) Meloclassic 1003, recorded 1960 & 1962 (Frankfurt). Final sealed copy! - 791154050033
“The American pianist Julius Katchen made his name in the early 1950's and died in 1969, but although he's generally thought of as a distinguished figure from the last generation, it's salutary to realize that he would probably be performing today if his career had not ended when he was only 42. Even so, his legacy of recordings reminds us of his gifts and the breadth of his repertory....”
- Gramophone Classical Music Guide
"Julius Katchen was one of the most prodigiously gifted pianists of his generation….His technique was so amazing that friend and colleague Ned Rorem thought it superior to Horowitz.”
- Allen Linkowski, AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE, Sept./Oct., 1999
"Julius Katchen (1926-1969), who died tragically early of leukaemia, represented, alongside Leon Fleisher, Gary Graffman and William Kapell, the generation of the so-called OYAPs (Outstanding Young American Pianists) who from 1940 onwards established themselves as strong and enduring competition to the European pianists who had dominated American concert stages until that point. Katchen had been born into a Russian-Jewish family of immigrants in the state of New Jersey and made his début aged only 10 with Mozart’s d minor Concerto. In the following year he was invited by Eugene Ormandy to take part in a concert with the Philadelphia Orchestra as the youngest ever soloist in the history of that orchestra. A year after that, he gave his solo début in New York. In 1946 Katchen moved to Paris, becoming one of the most active American musical ambassadors in Europe. His extensive discography, at whose centre are the complete piano works of Brahms, shows him to be a sophisticated virtuoso of the new type, for whom pianistic brilliance was no raison d’être as such, but instead served a deep intellectual and emotional penetration of the music.”
- Ned Ludd
“Meloclassic was founded in by Lynn Ludwig in Germany in December 2013, the label dedicated to releasing previously unissued historical recordings of live radio performances and broadcasts. Whenever possible, the discs include original radio announcements and applause. The recordings are meant to serve as historical documents. The sound quality tends to remain extraordinarily quiet, with no trace of tape or wire hiss."
—Gary Lemco, Audiophile Audition, 20 July, 2014
"According to its website, Meloclassic is a ‘non-profit organisation dedicated to releasing previously unissued historical recordings of live radio performances and broadcasts’. The first thing to say is that the material, or most of it, is of exceptional artistic interest, and the sound (which is for the most part extremely clean) is thankfully free of excessive filtering….I look forward to hearing further releases in the not-too-distant future.”
- Rob Cowan, GRAMOPHONE, April, 2014
"Presentation is in a digipack with notes ‘tipped’ in – with excellent photographs, by the way, and helpful text, in English in the case of my copy. Surveying the available discs and seeing details of some of those to come - many violinists, chamber ensembles and pianists – I have no hesitation in saying that this is potentially the most exciting tranche of broadcast material to be made available in many years."
- Jonathan Woolf, MusicWebInternational, 14 June, 2014