This release is an 80th birthday tribute to Peter Katin and the booklet contains a recent interview with him. He began studying the piano at the Royal Academy of Music at the age of 12 and made his Wigmore Hall debut at the age of 18. He has made almost 40 recordings, many of which have been critically well received, including these Rachmaninov Preludes.
“His playing is magisterial: one couldn’t ask for more insight, intensity, virtuosity in this prodigious repertoire. No other piano preludes have quite Rachmaninov’s way of combining giganticism and intimacy, of driving immensity into a nutshell...Katin fixes them superbly in the here and now.” Sunday Times, 18th September 2011
“this latest remastering adds a modicum of fullness and body masked in previous editions. In general, Katin is technically secure and stylistically idiomatic, although some of the more demanding selections find the pianist erring on the side of caution...In all, the best of Katin's work has much to offer” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012
“playing of considerable tonal subtlety, refinement and poise.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2011 ****
“He projects the music strongly and with great dynamism...this Katin set has a great deal to offer and is well worth consideration. This reissue is a welcome tribute to a highly distinguished pianist.” MusicWeb International, 29th July 2014