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Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1; Franck, Litolff / Curzon, Szell


Release Date: 08/10/1999 
Label:  London/Decca Legends Catalog #: 466376   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johannes BrahmsCésar FranckHenry Charles Litolff
Performer:  Clifford Curzon
Conductor:  George SzellSir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 13 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

George Szell owned the Brahms concerto. He recorded it three times in stereo, with Leon Fleischer, Rudolph Serkin, and in this version with Clifford Curzon. By general consensus the Fleischer recording is the finest, and it's available in a newly remastered release from Sony Masterworks Heritage. Despite Szell's best efforts, the London Symphony was no Cleveland Orchestra, though he does have them playing at the top of their early 1960s form. Curzon's performance of the solo part always has been admired for its naturalness, nobility of utterance, and discipline, and this remains not just one of his finest recordings, but certainly one of the outstanding versions of the concerto. Decca's remastered sound seems to focus on the piano at the Read more expense of the orchestra, which sounds a might shrill in this transfer--but this is a minor defect at best. The two fillers are charming, and make a welcome bonus.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1962 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 50 Minutes 18 Secs. 
2.
Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra, M 46 by César Franck
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; France 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 15 Minutes 26 Secs. 
3.
Concerto symphonique for Piano no 4 in D minor, Op. 102: Scherzo by Henry Charles Litolff
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1852; France 
Date of Recording: 1958 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 33 Secs. 

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