"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 performers are fully competent technically to tackle what is by no means an easy work, and they deserve high praise for the manner in which they have struck immediately the right mood for each movement and never lost sight of it amid the mass of detail ... I found nothing to criticise and a great deal to admire. The work presents some difficult problems of balance, especially perhaps in those passages where the ’cello part lies very low and the piano is busy above it. But all these have been successfully negotiated, and we have on the whole a set of records worthy to rank with the other Columbia centenary issues. I can offer no higher praise." - The Gramophone, 1927
BEETHOVEN Cello Sonata No. 3
GRIEG Cello Sonata
Short works by Bridge, Bruch, Glazunov, Grieg, Popper and Saint-Saëns
Felix Salmond, cello
Simoen Rumschisky, 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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