Brahms: Piano Concerto No.1, Franck: Variations Symphoniques & Litolff: Concerto Symphonique
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|1||Piano Concerto No.1 in D Minor, Op.15||George Szell, London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Clifford Curzon||--||Album Only||View In iTunes|
1. Maestoso - Poco Più Moderato
|George Szell, London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Clifford Curzon||22:18||Work Only||View In iTunes|
|George Szell, London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Clifford Curzon||16:06||Work Only||View In iTunes|
3. Rondo (Allegro Non Troppo)
|George Szell, London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Clifford Curzon||11:56||Work Only||View In iTunes|
||Variations symphoniques||London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult & Sir Clifford Curzon||15:30||Album Only||View In iTunes|
||Concerto Symphonique, No.4 Op.102: Scherzo||London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult & Sir Clifford Curzon||7:37||Album Only||View In iTunes|
I own a lot of classical recordings, but this is one of the performances I listen to again and again. Curzon really brings out the mystery, the power, and the beauty of Brahms first piano concerto. It's interesting to think what may have occurred if Brahms had received praise for this work (rather than the universal panning he had to endure). That criticism led him to concentrate on chamber works, and it was many years before he regained confidence enough to venture back into orchestral music.
A very moving version
It is unfortunate to have to admit that I haven't ever heard of the pianist or conductor before, but this is still the single greatest album you can buy of this fantastic concerto. The conductor really manages the orchestra to sound fantastic, and the pianist uses his skill to fit under the orchestra's wing and sound fantastic. Overall, other versions of this concerto are really only attempts to the shear greatness that this version has.
The pairing of Szell and Curzon gives the most accurate synthesis of ideas in Brahms' First piano concerto. The best recording of this piece by far! Everything that you wanted and did not know you wanted came out in this recording, a sublime and most moving recording.