Notes & Reviews:
It is 30 years since legendary British pianist Clifford Curzon died (1 September 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 recording 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 this interpretations of works by four musical giants: Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Brahms and these composers dominated his concert career as well 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 (o reven LP) by Decca [Falla: Noches en los jardines de Espana (recorded in September 1945; Mephisto Waltz No. 1 and Liebestraum No. 3 - recorded in September 1947, Lisztt: Sontto 104 del Petrarca recorded in 1942].
Published for the first-time even in any format are 8 pieces including a Medtner Fairy Tale, Chopin C sharp minor nocturne, Beethoven's "Rage over a lost penny", and 5 pieces by Brahms. These recordings survived as 78rpm test-pressings in Clifford Curzon's 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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