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Clifford Curzon Edition - Complete Recordings [23 CDs + DVD]


Release Date: 09/11/2012 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001728400  
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenJohannes BrahmsWolfgang Amadeus MozartRobert Schumann,   ... 
Performer:  Clifford CurzonIrmgard SeefriedHorst GüntherJulius Patzak,   ... 
Conductor:  Hans KnappertsbuschGeorge SzellBenjamin BrittenEduard Van Beinum,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Symphony OrchestraEnglish Chamber Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 24 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

It is 30 years since legendary British pianist Clifford Curzon died (September 1, 1972). Over the course of his career, during a long and almost exclusive association with Decca, Clifford Curzon established a pre-eminence unrivaled by any other British pianist of his generation.

Although nervous of the recording process and bound by his own incredibly high standards, he left a legacy of recordings cherished for its regal bearing and sensitivity to the music, a legacy admired as much by his fellow musicians as by the wider public.

Curzon was particularly admired for his interpretations of works by four musical giants: Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Brahms and these composers dominated his concert career as well
Read more as his recorded legacy.

For the first time this collection brings together absolutely every recording he ever made for Decca which has survived [in the days of fragile 78rpm shellac discs one or two items were given to the artist as unique-copy test-pressings and these have not survived], including several which have never been published on CD (or even LP) by Decca [Falla Noches en los jardines de Espana (recorded in September 1945) Liszt: Mephisto Waltz no. 1 and Liebestraum no. 3 recorded in September 1947, Liszt Sonetto 104 del Petrarca recorded in 1942.

Published for the first-time ever in any format are 8 pieces including a Medtner Fairy Tale, Chopin C sharp minor nocturne, Beethovens Rage over a lost penny, and 5 pieces by Brahms. These recordings survived as 78rpm test-pressings in Clifford Curzons private collection and have been made available for publication through his family.

Also herewith alongside 23 CDs is a famous DVD program made by the BBC and licensed globally for issue here. It includes Curzon performing solo works by Schumann and Brahms [filmed in 1959, black & white] and Schubert including a complete performance of the Piano Sonata in B flat, D960, filmed in 1968 [color].

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CLIFFORD CURZON EDITION: COMPLETE RECORDINGS Clifford Curzon (pn); various artists DECCA 478 4389 (23 CDs: 1,607:05 and 1 DVD: 195:41)


In the 1940s and ’50s, when I was growing up to music in England, there were two homegrown pianists of consequence: Solomon and Curzon. Solomon, born in 1902, I thought of mostly as an exponent of Beethoven and Brahms—he taught me how to listen to Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto and Brahms’s Second. Curzon, five years younger, was more commonly associated with Mozart and Schubert. I shall never forget the intense quietude he brought to a performance of Mozart’s last piano concerto at a Royal Festival Hall concert in January 1956, part of a week’s observances of the composer’s 200th birthday.


It is all too easy to forget about Clifford Curzon. So many great pianists have emerged since his day, and stamped their own imprint on the repertoire he excelled in. But that repertoire was actually much broader than one might think. Curzon’s recording of the Liszt Sonata, for instance, is quite possibly the finest interpretation of that work I have ever heard; and there is a passage a few minutes into the piece where—though I am at a loss to explain in words how this is done—he somehow demonstrates in the subtlest fashion that there is an important distinction between rallentando and ritenuto, the former being simply a slowing-down, the latter seeming to be literally–physically–“held back.”


Comprising Curzoniana of all kinds, including previously unpublished performances, interviews, and the pianist’s appearance on Roy Plomley’s wonderful old BBC program, Desert Island Discs (where Curzon surprised me by picking, as his final choice for his imagined island sojourn, the Flagstad/Furtwängler recording of Wagner’s Liebestod), this substantial boxed set is a magnificent reminder of the extraordinary artist he was. Photographs of Curzon seem to show him as a typically inoffensive English gentleman, and indeed the modesty and charm of the man were very evident on the occasions when I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with him backstage. Yet, alongside the prevailing gentleness of his touch, there is a positively startling vein of sheer steel running through his playing even in Schubert—the slow movement of the D-Major Sonata, D 850, is a case in point. And with all his fidelity to the canons of classical restraint, he offers some deliciously held-back waltz rhythms in the scherzo of that work.


Readers may often have been annoyed, as I have been, by collections of one or another musician’s work that choose a particular version of a piece in preference to another that we may have preferred. With the present collection, there is no such problem, for everything seems to have been included. Thus it is possible, for example, to follow the pianist’s relationship with one of his favorite works, Mozart’s A-Major Concerto, K 488, at four distinct stages in his career: There is a 1945 recording with Boyd Neel and the National Symphony Orchestra, one from 1953 with Josef Krips and the London Symphony Orchestra, one from 1964 with George Szell and the Vienna Philharmonic, and, finally, his 1967 version with István Kertész, again with the LSO.


As it happens, it is the continuity of his conception that strikes this listener more than any notable changes of approach—Curzon remained largely immune to some musicological developments of the time, resisting any temptation to add ornamentation to Mozart’s occasional wide melodic skips—but, inevitably, the feeling of his performance is affected each time by the personality of the conductor involved. I have to give George Szell, one of my unfavorite conductors, credit for the excellent balance he manages between the horns and the rest of the orchestra; yet there is a certain hectoring quality to his music-making that perhaps engenders a corresponding forcefulness in Curzon’s playing, but that is totally absent just three years later when the pianist is partnered by Kertész. And another three years on, in a Snape Maltings recording of the B?-Major Concerto, K 595, it is clear that Curzon’s always highly personal conception of this work is powerfully enriched by the creative force of Benjamin Britten’s conducting. It is fascinating, again, to compare one of my favorite Curzon recordings, his gnarly, no-holds-barred 1953 Brahms First Concerto with Eduard van Beinum and the Concertgebouw Orchestra, with an earlier version from 1946 conducted by Enrique Jordá. There are also delights I have never previously encountered, including a treasurable 1952 Edinburgh performance of Brahms’s Liebeslieder-Walzer graced by the participation of no lesser luminaries than Irmgard Seefried, Kathleen Ferrier, Julius Patzek, and Horst Günther.


A few of the early recordings, notably K 488 with Boyd Neel and a 1952 pairing of the two Mozart piano quartets with members of the Amadeus Quartet, suffer from backward balancing of the piano part, but these are rare exceptions. The set is accompanied by a booklet containing many photographs and well and sympathetically annotated by Callum Ross. There is also a DVD full of further illumination. Close-up views of Curzon in recital reveal the way, in a work like Schumann’s Kinderszenen, his mouth constantly works as if he is indeed telling himself the stories encapsulated in the music; and his richly annotated scores of Schubert’s D 850 and D 960 sonatas can actually be followed along with his Snape performances of those works. Altogether, then, this ranks as one of the most intrinsically rewarding and expertly presented collections I have encountered. A place in the Classical Hall of Fame is no more than its due.


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Works on This Recording

1. Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; Vienna, Austria 
2. 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 
3. 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 
4. Concerto for Piano no 20 in D minor, K 466 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  Benjamin Britten
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
5. Liebeslieder Waltzes (18) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 52a by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Irmgard Seefried (Soprano), Horst Günther (Bass), Julius Patzak (Tenor),
Kathleen Ferrier (Alto), Clifford Curzon (Piano), Hans Gál (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Austria 
6. Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes (15) for Piano 4 hands, Op. 65a by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Horst Günther (Bass), Clifford Curzon (Piano), Julius Patzak (Tenor),
Kathleen Ferrier (Alto), Irmgard Seefried (Soprano), Hans Gál (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; Austria 
7. Phantasie for Piano in C major, Op. 17 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1836-1838; Germany 
8. Kinderszenen, Op. 15 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
9. Fantasy for Piano in C major, D 760/Op. 15 "Wanderer" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
10. Quintet for Piano and Strings in A major, D 667/Op. 114 "Trout" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Octet members
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
11. Introduction and Rondo alla burlesca for 2 Pianos, Op. 23 no 1 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
12. Mazurka elegiaca for 2 Pianos, Op. 23 no 2 by Benjamin Britten
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano), Benjamin Britten (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1941; England 
13. Symphony no 3 by Willem Pijper
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  Eduard Van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; Netherlands (Holland 
14. Concerto for Piano no 27 in B flat major, K 595 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
15. Concerto for Piano no 26 in D major, K 537 "Coronation" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
16. Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
17. Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  István Kertész
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
18. Wanderer Fantasy (Schubert) for Piano and Orchestra, S 366 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Henry Wood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Queen's Hall Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1852; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/01/1937 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 19 Minutes 52 Secs. 
19. Quartet for Piano and Strings no 1 in G minor, K 478 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Martin Lovett (Cello), Clifford Curzon (Piano), Peter Schidlof (Viola),
Norbert Brainin (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet members
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Decca Studios, Broadhurst Gardens, Londo 
Length: 23 Minutes 9 Secs. 
20. Quartet for Piano and Strings no 2 in E flat major, K 493 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano), Martin Lovett (Cello), Peter Schidlof (Viola),
Norbert Brainin (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Amadeus String Quartet members
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Decca Studios, Broadhurst Gardens, Londo 
Length: 23 Minutes 25 Secs. 
21. Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  Boyd Neel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/12/1945 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 24 Minutes 45 Secs. 
22. Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  Enrique Jorda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/05/1946 
Venue:  Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, Engla 
Length: 46 Minutes 33 Secs. 
23. Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Venue:  Sofia Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 34 Minutes 46 Secs. 
24. Concerto for Piano no 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninov
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 34 Minutes 5 Secs. 
25. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  Oivin Fjeldstad
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 29 Minutes 12 Secs. 
26. Concerto for Piano no 2 in B flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  Hans Knappertsbusch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1881; Austria 
Venue:  Sofia Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 48 Minutes 21 Secs. 
27. Sonata for Piano in B minor, S 178 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1852-1853; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1963 
Venue:  Sofia Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 29 Minutes 21 Secs. 
28. Liebesträume for Piano, S 541: no 3, O Lieb, so lang by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1850; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1963 
Venue:  Sofia Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 48 Secs. 
29. Valses oubliées (4) for Piano, S 215: no 1 in F sharp major by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1963 
Venue:  Sofia Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
30. Concert Etudes (2) for Piano, S 145: no 2, Gnomenreigen by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1862-63; Rome, Italy 
Date of Recording: 09/1963 
Venue:  Sofia Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
31. Berceuse for Piano in D flat major, S 174 by Franz Liszt
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1963 
Venue:  Sofia Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 9 Minutes 3 Secs. 
32. Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 3 in G flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1964 
Venue:  Sofia Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 24 Secs. 
33. Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 4 in A flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1964 
Venue:  Sofia Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 31 Secs. 
34. Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142: no 2 in A flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 47 Secs. 
35. Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823-1828; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 27 Minutes 47 Secs. 
36. Variations (15) and Fugue for Piano in E flat major, Op. 35 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Written: 1802 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape, Aldeburgh, England 
Length: 24 Minutes 6 Secs. 
37. Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1941 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 24 Minutes 35 Secs. 
38. Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  Josef Krips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1953 
Venue:  Kigsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 25 Minutes 42 Secs. 
39. Concerto for Piano no 24 in C minor, K 491 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  Josef Krips
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1953 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 29 Minutes 20 Secs. 
40. Concerto for Piano no 1 in D minor, Op. 15 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  Eduard Van Beinum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1858; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1953 
Venue:  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, Holland 
Length: 47 Minutes 23 Secs. 
41. Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  Anatole Fistoulari
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
Date of Recording: 10/1951 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
Length: 31 Minutes 0 Secs. 
42. Sonata for Piano no 3 in F minor, Op. 5 by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/1962 
Venue:  Sophie Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 35 Minutes 15 Secs. 
43. Intermezzi (3) for Piano, Op. 117: no 1 in E flat major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1962 
Venue:  Sophie Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 44 Secs. 
44. Pieces (4) for Piano, Op. 119: no 3, Intermezzo in C major by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1962 
Venue:  Sophie Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 37 Secs. 
45. Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1971 
Venue:  The Maltings, Snape, Suffolk, England 
Length: 34 Minutes 25 Secs. 
46. Quintet for Piano and Strings no 2 in A major, Op. 81/B 155 by Antonín Dvorák
Performer:  Robert Scheiwein (Cello), Otto Strasser (Violin), Willi Boskovsky (Violin),
Clifford Curzon (Piano), Rudolf Streng (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1887; Bohemia 
Date of Recording: 10/1962 
Venue:  Sophie Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 35 Minutes 26 Secs. 
47. Quintet for Piano and Strings in F minor, M 7 by César Franck
Performer:  Emanuel Brabec (Cello), Rudolf Streng (Viola), Otto Strasser (Violin),
Willi Boskovsky (Violin), Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878-1879; France 
Date of Recording: 10/1960 
Venue:  Sophie Hall, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 33 Minutes 38 Secs. 
48. Concerto for Piano no 5 in E flat major, Op. 73 "Emperor" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1809; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 09/1949 
Venue:  London, England 
49. Concerto for Piano no 1 in B flat minor, Op. 23 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Russia 
Date of Recording: 09/1950 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
50. Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1952 
Venue:  Decca Studios, West Hampstead, London 
51. Sonata for Piano in D major, D 850/Op. 53 "Gasteiner" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 01/1964 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
52. 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: 12/1958 
Venue:  Walthamstow Hall, London, England 
53. 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: 12/1958 
Venue:  Walthamstow Hall, London, England 
54. Nights in the gardens of Spain by Manuel de Falla
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  Enrique Jorda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911-1915; Spain 
Date of Recording: 07/1951 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
55. Concerto for Piano no 2 by Alan Rawsthorne
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; England 
Date of Recording: 10/1951 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London, England 
56. Concerto for Piano no 23 in A major, K 488 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1964 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
57. Concerto for Piano no 27 in B flat major, K 595 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/1964 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
58. Kinderszenen, Op. 15 by Robert Schumann
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1838; Germany 
59. Fantasies (7) for Piano, Op. 116: Capriccio(s) by Johannes Brahms
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Austria 
60. Moments musicaux (6) for Piano, D 780/Op. 94: no 3 in F minor by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823-1828; Vienna, Austria 
61. Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 899/Op. 90: no 4 in A flat major by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
62. Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Clifford Curzon (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 

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 Clifford Curzon Rediscovered May 5, 2013 By T. Drake (South Euclid, OH) See All My Reviews "Clifford Curzon has long been a respected pianist, but not exactly household name (to the extent that any Classical performer is a household name in the post-Toscanini era). During his lifetime and in the decades since his passing, he has been on the second tier of piano fandom - except in Britain. Curzon was a pupil of Artur Schnabel, and the Master's influence is much in evidence: Curzon is very much a Classicist (he died before the HIP movement took root), his adagios are played as such, and he does not embellish the slow movements of Mozart's concertos. On the other hand, some of his allegros are breathtakingly fast, as in the first set of Schubert Impromptus. Whatever the tempo, the metric pulse of Curzon's playing is notably more flexible than many latter day exponents of the Germanic school, again this is much like Schnabel. For those who equate a British exponent of the Germanic school with pedantic, by the book playing, be prepared for moments of surprise, even shock: no pianist has made the two-handed trills of Brahms' First Concerto so terrifying. Numerous pianists have given us thrilling (or just plain loud) Schubert Wanderer Fantasies. But how many have bothered playing Liszt's arrangement for piano and orchestra - and even managed to make it sound convincing? By all accounts, Curzon was a somewhat nervous recording artist and rejected numerous takes. Thus, his recordings from 1937-1972 are covered by only 22 CDs - the 23rd disc is devoted to interviews. Within those discs is a surprising amount of duplicated repertoire, including four recordings of Mozart's Piano Concerto, K. 488. (Despite the duplications, Curzon's repertoire is wide ranging, including French and British music Schnabel would have turned up his beak at.) Curzon's interpretations are remarkably consistent even when the recordings are decades apart. This is not an original album style issue, so most of the CDs are well filled. There is also a DVD comprised of two television recitals for the BBC. The sound varies greatly, which is understandable given the various recording locales and dates, but Curzon's lovely tone always comes through. Decca has done a great service by making all this pianist's recordings with that label available at such a reasonable price." Report Abuse
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