Music: Hero from Long Branch

The musical hero of Paris last week was a 27-year-old pianist from Long Branch, N.J. (pop. 23,000) named Julius Katchen. Two thousand filled the Theatre des Champs-Elysees to hear his program of Brahms, Schumann, Chopin and Liszt, cheered up four encores and, at the end, crowded around the stage shouting for more. Verdict of the serious-minded critic of Paris-Presse on the performance: "A miracle of faith and fervor."

After eight years abroad, Julius Katchen is convincing European audiences that he is not merely one of the best of young American pianists but, more simply, that he is one of the best of...

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