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Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2

Julius Katchen - Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2

Julius Katchen - Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2

Remastered; Speed: 33 1/3 RPM

Pressing: 180 Gram Vinyl

Romantic Style Classical Music

Label: Speakers Corner (Decca)

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Rachmaninov: Concerto No. 2 for Piano and Orchestra / Balakirev: “Islamey” – Julius Katchen, the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti

Album Overview

Rachmaninov’s piano works, and in particular his Second Piano Concerto, have fired the enthusiasm of music lovers throughout the world. Dedicated to the psychologist Dr. Nikolai Dahl who had cured the composer of depression, the Second Piano Concerto was given its premiere in Moscow on 10 November 1901 with Rachmaninov himself at the piano and has proved itself to be one of the most successful of its genre among Russian piano repertory. The introduction itself with its powerful sequence of chords rivets the audience’s attention and makes each and every listener eager to hear what is yet to come. Katchen’s interpretation is particularly impressive for its austere and powerful introduction, but the lyrical passages too – superabundant in this work – are filled with a delightful, dreamy lightness. Tchaikovsky‘s influence, a Russian soulfulness, and a certain melancholic yearning in the opulent melodies – all are brilliantly portrayed by the pianist. And he finds an ideal partner in the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Georg Solti. Solti proves yet again that he is a master of phrasing and interwoven part-writing; resolutely, with elegance and sharply pointed rhythm, he leads the soloist and orchestra to a brilliant finish.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. More information under http://www.pure-analogue.com. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.

Recording: June 1958 at Kingsway Hall, London by Kenneth Wilkinson / Production: John Culshaw

Album Features

  • Remastered
  • Pressed On 180 Gram Vinyl
  • Speed 33 1/3 RPM
  • Style - Romantic
  • Label: Speakers Corner (Decca)


  • Julius Katchen, piano
  • Georg Solti, conductor
  • The London Symphony Orchestra

Track Selections

Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Op.18
1. 1st Movement - Moderato
2. 2nd Movement - Adagio sostenuto
3. 3rd Movement - Allegro scherzando

Additional Information

Additional Information

Name Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2
Artists Julius Katchen
Music Genre Classical
Record Speed 33.33 RPM
Record Weight 180 Gram
Record Type Single LP
Record Label Speakers Corner
Shipping Weight (kg) 0.2500
Price Range $59.00


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