Clifford Curzon

Biography

Born: May 18, 1907; London, England   Died: September 1, 1982; London, England  
Clifford Curzon was among the finest English pianists of the twentieth century, known for his clear, ego-less performances of the German Classical and Romantic masterpieces. A quiet intellectual who nevertheless possessed a formidable technique, Curzon played everything from Mozart to Liszt with equal authority. His fans often cite this ability to emphasize the personality of each composer, rather than his own, as his most distinctive quality. Read more Curzon recorded for the Decca label for over 30 years, leaving behind a modestly sized, but musically impressive catalog. His recordings of Mozart and Schubert are considered his best.

Curzon achieved success early, with a scholarship to London's Royal Academy of Music in 1919. His impressive student career earned him every prize available to a pianist at the Academy, and he made his professional debut in 1923 -- playing Bach's Triple Concerto with conductor Henry Wood at a Promenade Concert in Queen's Hall. In 1926, when still just 19 years old, he was invited to join the RAM faculty; he remained on the faculty there until 1932, when he became a full-time performing pianist. During his time teaching at the RAM, Curzon spent several extended periods abroad studying with great pianists: first with Artur Schnabel in Berlin, and then with Wanda Landowska and Nadia Boulanger in Paris. In 1936, Curzon made a recital tour of Europe with violist Lionel Tertis, and in 1939, he made his U.S. debut at New York's Town Hall. By 1941, he was making records for Decca, beginning a relationship that would last almost to the end of his life.

Curzon was an exacting perfectionist, often refusing to allow the release of recordings he felt were imperfect. This included recordings of Mozart concertos with the likes of George Szell, István Kertész, and Benjamin Britten conducting. For this and other reasons, he earned a reputation for being difficult, and at times highly temperamental -- an irony, considering his generally retiring nature, and the restrained elegance of his playing. Curzon was knighted in 1977. Read less

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Biography

Born: May 18, 1907; London, England   Died: September 1, 1982; London, England  
Clifford Curzon was among the finest English pianists of the twentieth century, known for his clear, ego-less performances of the German Classical and Romantic masterpieces. A quiet intellectual who nevertheless possessed a formidable technique, Curzon played everything from Mozart to Liszt with equal authority. His fans often cite this ability to emphasize the personality of each composer, rather than his own, as his most distinctive quality. Read more
WORKS ALBUMS
TITLE/COMPOSER
LABEL
Lento assai - Allegro energico - Grandioso - Recita- tivo
Andante sostenuto -
Allegro energico - Andante sostenuto - Lento assai
1. Maestoso - Poco piů moderato
2. Adagio
3. Rondo (Allegro non troppo)
1. Allegro non troppo
2. Allegro appassionato
3. Andante - Piů adagio
4. Allegretto grazioso - Un poco piů presto
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178 - Lento assai - Allegro energico - Grandioso - Recita- tivo
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178 - Andante sostenuto -
Liszt: Piano Sonata in B minor, S.178 - Allegro energico - Andante sostenuto - Lento assai
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante con moto
3. Rondo (Vivace)
1. Allegro
2. Adagio un poco mosso
3. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Maestoso - Poco piů moderato
2. Adagio
3. Rondo (Allegro non troppo)
1. Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen - Im Legenden-Ton
2. Mäßig. Durchaus energisch - Etwas langsamer - Vielbewegter
3. Langsam getragen. Durchweg leise zu halten - Etwas bewegter
1. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen
2. Kuriöse Geschichte
3. Hasche-Mann
4. Bittendes Kind
5. Glückes genug
6. Wichtige Begebenheit
7. Träumerei
8. Am Kamin
9. Ritter vom Steckenpferd
10. Fast zu ernst
11. Fürchtenmachen
12. Kind im Einschlummern
13. Der Dichter spricht
Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo
Adagio
Presto
Allegro
1. Allegro vivace
2. Andante
3. Scherzo (Presto)
4. Thema - Andantino - Variazioni I-V - Allegretto
5. Finale (Allegro giusto)
1. Allegro
2. Romance
3. Rondo (Allegro assai)
1. Allegro
2. Larghetto
3. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. (Larghetto)
3. (Allegretto)
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Allegro assai
1. (Allegro)
2. Larghetto
3. (Allegretto)
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Rondo (Allegro moderato)
1. Allegro
2. Larghetto
3. Allegretto
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Allegro assai
1. Maestoso - Poco piů moderato
2. Adagio
3. Rondo (Allegro non troppo)
1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
2. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
3. Allegro con fuoco
1. Moderato
2. Adagio sostenuto
3. Allegro scherzando
1. Allegro molto moderato
2. Adagio
3. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi presto - Andante maestoso
1. Allegro non troppo
2. Allegro appassionato
3. Andante - Piů adagio
4. Allegretto grazioso - Un poco piů presto
Lento assai - Allegro energico - Grandioso - Recita- tivo
Andante sostenuto -
Allegro energico - Andante sostenuto - Lento assai
No.1 in C (Moderato)
No.2 in A flat (Andantino)
No.3 in F minor (Allegro moderato)
No.4 in C sharp minor (Moderato)
No.5 in F minor (Allegro vivace)
No.6 in A flat (Allegretto)
Introduzione col Basso del Tema: Allegretto vivace
Variation 1
Variation 2
Variation 3
Variation 4
Variation 5
Variation 6
Variation 7 Canone all'Ottava
Variation 8
Variation 9
Variation 10
Variation 11
Variation 12
Variation 13
Variation 14 Minore
Variation 15 Maggiore. Largo
Finale. Alla Fuga. Allegro con brio
Impromptu in C minor, D.899 No 1
Impromptu in E flat, D.899 No.2
Impromptu in G flat, D.899 No.3
Impromptu in A flat, D.899 No.4
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Allegro assai
1. (Allegro)
2. Larghetto
3. (Allegretto)
1. Maestoso - Poco piů moderato
2. Adagio
3. Rondo (Allegro non troppo)
1. Allegro molto moderato
2. Adagio
3. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi presto - Andante maestoso
1. Allegro maestoso
2. Andante espressivo
3. Scherzo (Allegro energico)
4. Intermezzo (Andante molto)
5. Finale (Allegro moderato ma rubato)
1. Molto moderato
2. Andante sostenuto
3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace con delicatezza)
4. Allegro ma non troppo
1. Allegro, ma non tanto
2. Dumka (Andante con moto)
3. Scherzo (Furiant) (Molto vivace)
4. Finale (Allegro)
1. Molto moderato quasi lento - Allegro
2. Lento, con molto sentimento
3. Allegro con troppo ma non fuoco
1. Allegro
2. Adagio un poco mosso
3. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Allegro non troppo e molto maestoso - Allegro con spirito
2. Andantino semplice - Prestissimo - Tempo I
3. Allegro con fuoco
No.1 in F minor: Allegro moderato
No.2 in A flat: Allegretto
No.3 in B flat: Theme (Andante) with Variations
No.4 in F minor: Allegro scherzando
1. Allegro vivace
2. Con moto
3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace)
4. Rondo (Allegro moderato)
1. Allegro piacevole
2. Allegro molto
3. Intermezzo
4. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Allegro assai
1. Allegro
2. Larghetto
3. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. Romance
3. Rondo (Allegro assai)
1. Allegro
2. Larghetto
3. Allegro
1. Allegro
2. (Larghetto)
3. (Allegretto)
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Allegro assai
1. (Allegro)
2. Larghetto
3. (Allegretto)
1. Allegro moderato
2. Andante con moto
3. Rondo (Vivace)
1. Allegro
2. Adagio un poco mosso
3. Rondo (Allegro)
1. Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen - Im Legenden-Ton
2. Mäßig. Durchaus energisch - Etwas langsamer - Vielbewegter
3. Langsam getragen. Durchweg leise zu halten - Etwas bewegter
Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo
Adagio
Presto
Allegro


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