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
Lili Boulanger: Du fond de l'abime, Psalms 24 & 129 / Markevitch, Menuhin, Curzon
Release Date: 01/01/1980   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 64281   Number of Discs: 1
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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
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. 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
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58 - 1. Allegro moderato
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58 - 2. Andante con moto
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.4 in G, Op.58 - 3. Rondo (Vivace)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor" - 1. Allegro
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor" - 2. Adagio un poco mosso
Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat major Op.73 -"Emperor" - 3. Rondo (Allegro)
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15 - 1. Maestoso - Poco piů moderato
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15 - 2. Adagio
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15 - 3. Rondo (Allegro non troppo)
Schumann: Fantasie in C, Op.17 - 1. Durchaus fantastisch und leidenschaftlich vorzutragen - Im Legenden-Ton
Schumann: Fantasie in C, Op.17 - 2. Mäßig. Durchaus energisch - Etwas langsamer - Vielbewegter
Schumann: Fantasie in C, Op.17 - 3. Langsam getragen. Durchweg leise zu halten - Etwas bewegter
Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 1. Von fremden Ländern und Menschen
Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 2. Kuriöse Geschichte
Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 3. Hasche-Mann
Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 4. Bittendes Kind
Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 5. Glückes genug
Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 6. Wichtige Begebenheit
Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 7. Träumerei
Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 8. Am Kamin
Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 9. Ritter vom Steckenpferd
Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 10. Fast zu ernst
Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 11. Fürchtenmachen
Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 12. Kind im Einschlummern
Schumann: Kinderszenen, Op.15 - 13. Der Dichter spricht
Schubert: Wanderer Fantasie Opus 15 D760 - Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo
Schubert: Wanderer Fantasie Opus 15 D760 - Adagio
Schubert: Wanderer Fantasie Opus 15 D760 - Presto
Schubert: Wanderer Fantasie Opus 15 D760 - Allegro
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A, D.667 - "The Trout" - 1. Allegro vivace
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A, D.667 - "The Trout" - 2. Andante
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A, D.667 - "The Trout" - 3. Scherzo (Presto)
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A, D.667 - "The Trout" - 4. Thema - Andantino - Variazioni I-V - Allegretto
Schubert: Piano Quintet in A, D.667 - "The Trout" - 5. Finale (Allegro giusto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 2. Romance
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor, K.466 - 3. Rondo (Allegro assai)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat, K.595 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat, K.595 - 2. Larghetto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.27 in B flat, K.595 - 3. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.26 in D, K.537 "Coronation" - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.26 in D, K.537 "Coronation" - 2. (Larghetto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.26 in D, K.537 "Coronation" - 3. (Allegretto)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 3. Allegro assai
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 1. (Allegro)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 2. Larghetto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 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
Schubert: Impromptu in C minor, D.899 No 1
Schubert: Impromptu in E flat, D.899 No.2
Schubert: Impromptu in G flat, D.899 No.3
Schubert: Impromptu in A flat, D.899 No.4
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 1. Allegro
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 2. Andante
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.23 in A, K.488 - 3. Allegro assai
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 1. (Allegro)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 2. Larghetto
Mozart: Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - 3. (Allegretto)
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15 - 1. Maestoso - Poco piů moderato
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15 - 2. Adagio
Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1 in D minor, Op.15 - 3. Rondo (Allegro non troppo)
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 - 1. Allegro molto moderato
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 - 2. Adagio
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16 - 3. Allegro moderato molto e marcato - Quasi presto - Andante maestoso
Brahms: Piano Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5 - 1. Allegro maestoso
Brahms: Piano Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5 - 2. Andante espressivo
Brahms: Piano Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro energico)
Brahms: Piano Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5 - 4. Intermezzo (Andante molto)
Brahms: Piano Sonata No.3 in F minor, Op.5 - 5. Finale (Allegro moderato ma rubato)
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat, D.960 - 1. Molto moderato
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat, D.960 - 2. Andante sostenuto
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat, D.960 - 3. Scherzo (Allegro vivace con delicatezza)
Schubert: Piano Sonata No.21 in B flat, D.960 - 4. Allegro ma non troppo
Dvorák: Piano Quintet in A, Op.81 - 1. Allegro, ma non tanto
Dvorák: Piano Quintet in A, Op.81 - 2. Dumka (Andante con moto)
Dvorák: Piano Quintet in A, Op.81 - 3. Scherzo (Furiant) (Molto vivace)
Dvorák: Piano Quintet in A, Op.81 - 4. Finale (Allegro)
Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor - 1. Molto moderato quasi lento - Allegro
Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor - 2. Lento, con molto sentimento
Franck: Piano Quintet in F minor - 3. Allegro con troppo ma non fuoco
1. Allegro
2. Adagio un poco mosso
3. Rondo (Allegro)