Posts tagged as "julius-katchen"

The Peter Maag Edition

January 6, 2021

Newly compiled for the first time, the Decca career of a pre-eminent Mozart conductor, complemented by his recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and Westminster. Peter Maag began his career as a pianist, but turned to conducting with the encouragement of Wilhelm Furtwangler. He made his first Decca recording having lately turned 30, with the Suisse Romande […]

A Visit To The Zoo (Classics for Kids)

June 15, 2018

What could be more fun than discovering the colours of classical music by visiting a zoo? A menagerie of birds and beasts come to life on this delightful collection – a perfect way to introduce to the wonderful world of classical music.  

Chopin Favourites

May 25, 2016

The best of Chopin’s solo piano works – selections from his Polonaises, Waltzes, Mazurkas, Ballades, Preludes – in performances that have been praised time and again over the years from such celebrities as Nikita Magaloff, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Joseph Cooper, Peter Katin and Julius Katchen.

Children’s Classics

May 25, 2016

Outrageously entertaining and sumptuously recorded, this CD brings together two perennial children’s favourites and couples them with a generous selection (with chamber orchestra) of nursery rhymes with the ever-popular Kenneth McKellar. Beatrice Lillie’s narrations are a hoot and this is one of those rare recordings which uses Ogden Nash’s verses for ‘Carnival of the Animals’.

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2; Paganini Variations

May 25, 2016

Big, beefy Brahms here from Julius Katchen who brings muscle to the high-powered sections of the Brahms second concerto. His ‘Paganini Variations’ are by turn, tender, sly and transcendental.

Aromatherapy – Vol. 2: The Romantic Bach

May 25, 2016

Aromatherapy, the quiet moments of classical music. And in the second volume, Romantic Bach, discover why as a Baroque composer his music transcends time, place and genres. This collection offers the quiet moments of Bach’s music – piano transcriptions of his chorale preludes; slow movements from concertos and beloved moments from his Cantatas.

Brahms: Handel Variations; Schumann: Études symphoniques

April 29, 2016

Julius Katchen that colossus that bestrode the pianistic firmament for all too short a time, recorded the Brahms Handel and Paganini Variations three times, twice in mono and once in stereo. Surprisingly, these much-praised 1958 recordings have never before been issued on CD and are now being made available singly, on Eloquence.  All of Katchen’s […]

Prokofiev: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 2; Piano Concerto No. 3

April 22, 2016

This and the other two 2CD sets represent all of Ansermet’s Prokofiev recordings for Decca (with the exception of a mono recording of the March and Scherzo from ‘The Love for Three Oranges’ – the stereo version appears here). Both, the Paris Conservatoire and the Suisse Romande versions of the ‘Classical’ Symphony are included and Ruggiero […]

Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 13 & 20; German Dances

April 19, 2016

Julius Katchen recorded two Mozart piano concertos with Peter Maag and they both appear on this CD, together with the Six German Dances, KV 509 – ‘a magnificent example of the power of a genuinely charismatic conductor’ as Tully Potter notes in his liner notes. Katchen first entered Decca’s London studios in 1947 and was […]

Stravinsky: Petruskha; The Rite of Spring

March 5, 2016

There can be few, if any, musicians this century who have conducted as many illustrious and notorious premieres as Pierre Monteux. As conductor of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes from 1911 to 1914, he led the first performances of Ravel’s ‘Daphnis et Chloé ‘(1912), Debussy’s ‘Jeux’ (1913) and Stravinsky’s ‘Le Rossignol’ (1914), as well as the two works […]