[ Decca Eloquence / CD ]
Release Date: Friday 10 February 2006
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 as well as part of an 8CD 'Original Masters' tribute Decca box. All of Katchen's dare-devilry in the Paganini set comes to the fore. The coupling, Schumann's Études symphoniques, likewise also receives its CD debut.
BRAHMS: Handel Variations; Paganini Variations (Books I & II)
SCHUMANN: Études symphoniques