Clifford Curzon: Complete Recordings (Decca, 24-CD set)

Posted: Tue Oct 16 2012

London-born pianist Clifford Curzon (1907-1982) studied at the Royal Academy of Music and was knighted in 1977. A poetic and sensitive artist, he was a colourful and emotional one, too. To have all of his recordings for Decca - the vast majority of those he made during his distinguished career - is a treat, indeed. Piano concertos include Beethoven's No 5 ('Emperor') and Tchaikovsky's No 1 (two accounts of each) along with three versions of Brahms's titanic First (from 1946, 1953 and 1962), alongside numerous concertos by Mozart. Meanwhile, works for solo piano include Beethoven, Liszt and Schumann.

To emphasise the completeness of this set, there are several recordings published for the first time, as well as Curzon's appearance on BBC Radio Four's 'Desert Island Discs' (1978) and a DVD embracing the pianist's BBC television appearances that include one of the greatest accounts of Schubert's ultimate Piano Sonata (in B flat, D960) that you will ever hear.