Clifford Curzon

Clifford Curzon
Sir Clifford Michael Curzon CBE (née Siegenberg; 18 May 1907 – 1 September 1982) was an English classical pianist.

Curzon studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and later with Artur Schnabel in Berlin and Wanda Landowska and Nadia Boulanger in Paris. In his early career he was known for his performances of Romantic and virtuoso music, and for championing modern works. Later he concentrated on the German classics, principally Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms. He played regularly in continental Europe and North America, making tours in the 1930s and for most of his post-war career.

Although signed to a recording company, Decca, for most of his career, Curzon was not at ease in the studio, and vetoed the release of many of his recordings, some of which were published after his death.
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Clifford Curzon

Clifford Curzon

Sir Clifford Michael Curzon CBE (née Siegenberg; 18 May 1907 – 1 September 1982) was an English classical pianist.

Curzon studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London, and later with Artur Schnabel in Berlin and Wanda Landowska and Nadia Boulanger in Paris. In his early career he was known for his performances of Romantic and virtuoso music, and for championing modern works. Later he concentrated on the German classics, principally M...
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BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1
GRIEG Piano Concerto

Recorded in 1953 & 1951
Total duration: 77:45

Clifford Curzon, piano
Concertgebouw Orchestra

Eduard van Beinum,
conductor

London Symphony Orchestra

Anatole Fistoulari,
conductor
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Clifford Curzon, piano
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Hans Knappertsbusch,
conductor
Recorded in 1954 & 1957

XR remastering by Andrew Rose at Pristine Audio, December 2011
Cover artwork based on a photograph of Clifford Curzon

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4
BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5

Total duration: 73:02

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BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

FALLA Nights in the Gardens of Spain (Noches en los Jardines de España)
Studio recordings · 1946/51
Total duration: 74:03

Clifford Curzon, piano
National Symphony Orchestra

New Symphony Orchestra

Erique Jordá,
conductor

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BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 - Symphony No. 2 - Double Concerto - Song of Destiny - Tragic Overture - Hungarian Dance No. 17 - Symphony No. 3 - Symphony No. 4 - Piano Concerto No. 2 - Violin Concerto - Piano Concerto No. 1 - Haydn Variations - Alto Rhapsody - Academic Festival Overture - Un Requiem Tedesco (A German Requiem, sung in Italian)


Recorded 1941-1954


Bruno Walter
, conductor
John Corigliano, violin
Leonard Rose,
cello
Erica Morini,
violin
Myra Hess,
piano
Clifford Curzon,
piano
Enid Szantho,
contralto
Rosanna Carteri,
soprano
Boris Christoff,
bass

Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York
Hugo Strelitzer Choir
Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
Rome Symphony Orchestra & Chorus of RAI

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BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 1 - Haydn Variations
BRAHMS Alto Rhapsody - Academic Festival Overture
BRAHMS Un Requiem Tedesco (A German Requiem, sung in Italian)
Live recordings, 1941-52
Total duration: 2hr 31:33

Bruno Walter, conductor
Clifford Curzon
, piano
Enid Szantho, contralto
Rosanna Carteri, soprano
Boris Christoff, bass
Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra of New York
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
Rome Symphony Orchestra & Chorus of RAI