"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
Rozhdestvensky's magnificent world première complete Romeo and Juliet in beautiful, XR-remastered sound
"[Rozhdestvensky's] is most definitely the version to have" - Gramophone, 2010
"The most characterful of them all" - Gramophone, 2013
Rozhdestvensky's complete 6-LP-sided 1959 Moscow première recording of the complete Romeo and Juliet ballet followed a number of outings of the work in its cut-down suites as it started to become more widely known. Reading through the various mentions it has received since then in reviews it seems to have retained a high musical reputation ("The most characterful of them all" - Gramophone, 2013), despite some technical shortcomings we've sought to alleviate in this wonderful new XR-remastered release for Pristine.
PROKOFIEV Romeo and Juliet (complete)
Symphonic Orchestra of the State Academic Bolshoi Theater
Gennady Rozhdestvensky, conductor
PASC 424 (2hr 22:39)
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