"I found myself listening spellbound to Curzon's playing. This is the Curzon who, at the age of 39, was only now emerging into the full light of an international career after a long and inspiring apprenticeship with such teachers as Arthur Schnabel and Nadia Boulanger. Indeed, it is that very emergent quality which gives his performance a freshness and shy-voiced eloquence which has the effect of setting the young Brahms vividly and appealingly before us." - Gramophone, 1999
Curzon's first recording of the Brahms is very special and benefits from a major sonic overhaul for this Pristine release. And with the same Spanish conductor, we have the second of their two magical recordings of Manuel de Falla's 1915 masterpiece for piano and orchestra.
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor
de FALLA Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Clifford Curzon, piano
National & New Symphony Orchestras
Jordá Enrique, conductor
"The concluding song, Die Taubenpost, is such as one would expect Schubert to write as his last song—it is redolent of beauty in both the voice and pianoforte parts—and Duhan’s singing and Professor Foll’s playing do complete justice to it. Duhan’s enunciation is masterly, his interpretation good, and his style manly and free from undue emotionalism. Throughout these song cycles, his voice sounds full, and never strained or tired. The accompaniments are well played, and the tone of the piano is uniformly good." - The Gramophone, 1930
These two historic recordings, made largely in 1928, return finally to the catalogue in superb XR-remastered transfers from Andrew Rose. Unmissable!
SCHUBERT Schwanengesang, D.957
SCHUMANN Dichterliebe, Op. 48
Hans Duhan, baritone - Ferdinand Foll, piano
Thom Denijs, baritone - Enni Denijs-Kruyt, piano
This remarkable release, a collaboration between Mark Obert-Thorn and Andrew Rose, brings together almost all the known "accidental stereo" classical recordings onto a single release. Using new technology and new techniques brilliantly to marry up 78rpm sides cut from different microphones, we recreate authentic stereo sonic imagery before stereo had been officially "invented", more accurately and convincingly than has ever been possible until now. The results are incredible to hear, taking you back 85 years in a way that mono recordings simply can't. As essential listen!
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6, Pathétique
SAINT-SAËNS Carnival of the Animals
STRAVINSKY The Rite of Spring
ELGAR Cockaigne Overture
Sir Edward Elgar - BBC Symphony Orchestra
Serge Koussevitzky - Boston Symphony Orchestra
Leopold Stokowski - The Philadelphia Orchestra
PASC 422 (74:03)
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