Peter Katin: A Chopin Recital

Peter Katin, piano

The Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Recording: c. 1965
 A special issue for 2010, commemorating:
• Chopin’s 200th anniversary
• Peter Katin’s 80th birthday

MusicWeb International

Note that this disc was reviewed in comparison with a CD of a studio recital, recorded by Peter Katin a few years later and featuring some common repertoire:

“The Croydon recital is much more present acoustically and timbrally too, and Katin’s playing is heard on the wing with great immediacy. I much prefer the Croydon performance for its drama and intensity and also for the recorded sound, which is excellent … [the OCCDs recording] catches his tone with great warmth…”

“On balance the older Croydon performances, where there is overlap, are far superior in terms of recorded sound and also, usually, interpretatively.”
Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International, May 2012

International Record Review

“These are deeply impressive performances, notable for the combination of architectural control and expressive poetry that Katin brings to his Chopin, which is most impressive in the B minor Sonata and the sometimes elusive Fourth Scherzo, played here with irresistible relish.”
Nigel Simeone, International Record Review, June 2012

BBC Music Magazine

“…Katin offers outstanding delicacy, flair, poetry…” [Performance: ★★★★★]
BBC Music Magazine, August 2012

Track listingTime
Fryderyk Chopin
Four Songs from Seventeen Polish Songs (transcribed by Liszt), op posth 7411' 14"
1  1 The Maiden’s Wish (Życzenie)3' 30"
2 12 My Darling (Moja pieszczotka)4' 15"
3 14 The Ring (Pierścień) –3' 28"
  4 Merrymaking (Hulanka)
Piano Sonata no 3 in B minor, op 5824' 52"
4  I Allegro maestoso9' 12"
5 II Scherzo: Molto vivace2' 24"
6III Largo8' 25"
7 IV Finale: Presto, non tanto4' 50"
8Scherzo no 4 in E major, op 5410' 49"
9Mazurka no 15 in C major, op 24 no 2 –
Mazurka no 14 in G minor, op 24 no 1 –
Mazurka no 5 in B flat major, op 7 no 1
6' 54"
10Andante spianato et grande polonaise brillante in E flat major, op 2213' 54"
11Nocturne in F sharp major, op 15 no 2*4' 05"
12Waltz in C sharp minor, op 64 no 23' 43"
Total time:75' 33"

*Sample extract (control with the Sound Sample tab at the top of the page)

†This track may be heard on the Sampler CD


Due to an unfortunate miscommunication during the production of this CD, an error crept into the printed track listings. The CD track listings show track 9 as being only Mazurka no 14 in G minor, op 24 no 1. In fact, the track contains an unbroken sequence of three Mazurkas, as shown above in the corrected track listing on this page.