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Mozart - Piano Concerto No.27 / Schubert - Impromptus, Moment Musical | Testament SBT1486

Mozart - Piano Concerto No.27 / Schubert - Impromptus, Moment Musical

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Label: Testament

Cat No: SBT1486

Barcode: 0749677148621

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 2nd April 2013

Contents

Artists

Clifford Curzon (piano)
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Adrian Boult

Works

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Piano Concerto no.27 in B flat major, K595

Schubert, Franz

Impromptus (4), op.90 D899
Moments musicaux (6), op.94 D780
» no.3 in F minor

Artists

Clifford Curzon (piano)
London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Adrian Boult

About

The performance of the Impromptus, D.899 heard here confirms Clifford Curzonís place as one of the great Schubert players of his generation. Indeed, the audience was so impressed that they couldnít help applauding between each Impromptu. Not only does Curzon manage to play with a range of emotion, from limpid tenderness to controlled aggression, but his attention to the sound he produces from the piano never fails to impress.

This was one of Curzonís most salient attributes - for him the sound he made at the keyboard was paramount and it is his combination of cerebral interpretation, no doubt acquired in part from two years study with Artur Schnabel, coupled with his acute attention to sound, that made Curzon such a unique pianist.

Listening to the first Impromptu one can hear that it is not just the beauty of sound that Curzon is concerned with, but the balance between the hands, parts and voices, and the way the harmony of the left hand supports Schubertís glorious melodies. Indeed, it is good to have Curzon in a live performance of this work as, although he recorded a short studio recital of works by Liszt and Schubert for the BBC in December 1961, he omitted the first and most substantial Impromptu, playing only the last three.

One of the highlights of the 1961 Edinburgh Festival was Curzonís performance of Mozartís last Piano Concerto, K.595 in B flat. He later travelled to London to perform the work again at the Proms and it is this performance that is heard on this CD. Curzon is supported by the London Philharmonic Orchestra with Sir Adrian Boult, who had not appeared at the Proms since 1958. The orchestral playing is at once smooth and elegant, with string and wind playing beautifully shaped and phrased by the conductor, matching Curzonís style to perfection.

Recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall, London and Usher Hall, Edinburgh, September 1961.

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