Remembering Julius, a pianist cut short at 42main
It will be half a century on April 29 since the death from cancer of the Paris-based American pianist, Julius Katchen.
Renowned for his Brahms, Katchen made his fortune from recording Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with Mantovani’s orchestra. He recorded extensively for Decca, mostly with the LSO.
Victor Hochhauser told me of a night he spent in Paris seaching for Sviatoslav Richter, who had given everyone the slip after a concert. After wandering through all his known haunts he heard the sound of four hands at a piano coming from an open window. It was Katchen’s home. Richter had heard him play and just walked in.
UPDATE: Go on, break a string