Clifford Curzon: Milestones of a Piano Legend | Documents 600421

Clifford Curzon: Milestones of a Piano Legend

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Label: Documents

Cat No: 600421

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 10

Release Date: 3rd November 2017

Contents

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Piano Concerto no.4 in G major, op.58
Piano Concerto no.5 in E flat major, op.73 'Emperor'
Rondo a capriccio in G major, op.129 'Rage over a lost penny'

Brahms, Johannes

Intermezzi (3), op.117
» no.1 in E flat major
Klavierstucke (4), op.119
» no.3 Intermezzo in C major
Klavierstucke (8), op.76
» no.2 Capriccio in B minor
Piano Concerto no.1 in D minor, op.15
Piano Concerto no.2 in B flat major, op.83
Rhapsodies (2), op.79
» no.2 in G minor

Britten, Benjamin

Pieces (2) for two pianos, op.23

Chopin, Frederic

Nocturnes (21)
» no.20 in C sharp minor (without opus number)

Falla, Manuel de

Noches en los Jardines de Espana (Nights in the Gardens of Spain)

Franck, Cesar

Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra

Grieg, Edvard

Piano Concerto in A minor, op.16

Liszt, Franz

Annees de Pelerinage, 2nd Year, S161
» no.5 Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Liebestraume, S541
» no.3 Nocturne in A flat major
Mephisto Waltz no.1, S514 'Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke'

Litolff, Henry

Concerto Symphonique no.4 in D minor, op.102
» Scherzo

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Piano Concerto no.23 in A major, K488
Piano Concerto no.24 in C minor, K491
Piano Quartet no.1 in G minor, K478
Piano Quartet no.2 in E flat major, K493

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Piano Concerto no.2 in C minor, op.18

Rawsthorne, Alan

Piano Concerto no.2

Schubert, Franz

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'
Impromptus (4), op.90 D899
Impromptus (4), op.142 D935
Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout' (Die Forelle)

Schumann, Robert

Fantasie in C major, op.17
Kinderszenen, op.15

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Piano Concerto no.1 in B flat minor, op.23

Artists

Clifford Curzon (piano)

Works

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Piano Concerto no.4 in G major, op.58
Piano Concerto no.5 in E flat major, op.73 'Emperor'
Rondo a capriccio in G major, op.129 'Rage over a lost penny'

Brahms, Johannes

Intermezzi (3), op.117
» no.1 in E flat major
Klavierstucke (4), op.119
» no.3 Intermezzo in C major
Klavierstucke (8), op.76
» no.2 Capriccio in B minor
Piano Concerto no.1 in D minor, op.15
Piano Concerto no.2 in B flat major, op.83
Rhapsodies (2), op.79
» no.2 in G minor

Britten, Benjamin

Pieces (2) for two pianos, op.23

Chopin, Frederic

Nocturnes (21)
» no.20 in C sharp minor (without opus number)

Falla, Manuel de

Noches en los Jardines de Espana (Nights in the Gardens of Spain)

Franck, Cesar

Symphonic Variations for piano and orchestra

Grieg, Edvard

Piano Concerto in A minor, op.16

Liszt, Franz

Annees de Pelerinage, 2nd Year, S161
» no.5 Sonetto 104 del Petrarca
Liebestraume, S541
» no.3 Nocturne in A flat major
Mephisto Waltz no.1, S514 'Der Tanz in der Dorfschenke'

Litolff, Henry

Concerto Symphonique no.4 in D minor, op.102
» Scherzo

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Piano Concerto no.23 in A major, K488
Piano Concerto no.24 in C minor, K491
Piano Quartet no.1 in G minor, K478
Piano Quartet no.2 in E flat major, K493

Rachmaninov, Sergei

Piano Concerto no.2 in C minor, op.18

Rawsthorne, Alan

Piano Concerto no.2

Schubert, Franz

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'
Impromptus (4), op.90 D899
Impromptus (4), op.142 D935
Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout' (Die Forelle)

Schumann, Robert

Fantasie in C major, op.17
Kinderszenen, op.15

Tchaikovsky, Pyotr Ilyich

Piano Concerto no.1 in B flat minor, op.23

Artists

Clifford Curzon (piano)

About

Clifford Curzon, undoubtedly one of the most important English pianists of the 20th century, was born in London in 1907 and died there in 1982. Knighted by the Queen, he was lauded by critics as the greatest “Mozartian” of his time.

Curzon’s recordings of the Schubert Impromptus, the “Trout Quintet” and the Symphonic Variations by Cesar Franck, which are included in this 10-CD box, did set standards that are still valid today. Curzon made his debut under Henry Wood at London’s Queen’s Hall at the age of 16, and from 1928 on he completed his studies with Artur Schnabel in Berlin and with Nadia Boulanger and Wanda Landowska in Paris. He married Landowska’s student Lucille Wallace.

Curzon was equally respected as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Outstanding documents of this can also be found in this box. Apparent in all of these recordings is something critics around the globe noted about Curzon: a piano tone, which “could unite clear contour and bright luminosity in an inimitable way”.

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