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The Classic Sound - Beethoven: "Emperor" Concerto / Curzon


Release Date: 11/04/2008 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 452302   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Clifford Curzon
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: n/a 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Clifford Curzon was an extremely self-critical recording artist: renowned as a supreme Schubert and Mozart player, his Beethoven could be said to eschew profundity. Despite his dislike of the recording process and his non-definitive view of his own playing, Curzon, with Hans Knappertsbusch as a sympathetic accompanist (he was a man who also hated recording as it precluded risk-taking), plays an eloquently refined Emperor Concerto (Vienna 1957) coupled with a thoughtfully vivid Eroica Variations (Snape 1971) which remind us that he was a pupil of Schnabel. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- Christopher Fifield, BBC Music Magazine
Clifford Curzon was an extremely self-critical recording artist: renowned as a supreme Schubert and Mozart player, his Beethoven could be said to eschew profundity. Despite his dislike of the recording process and his non-definitive view of his own playing, Curzon, with Hans Knappertsbusch as a sympathetic accompanist (he was a man who also hated recording as it precluded risk-taking), plays an eloquently refined Emperor Concerto (Vienna 1957) coupled with a thoughtfully vivid Eroica Variations (Snape 1971) which remind us that he was a pupil of Schnabel. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- Christopher Fifield, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Variations (15) and Fugue for Piano in E flat major, Op. 35 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Written: 1802 

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