Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1; Overtures
Clifford Curzon; Eduard van Beinum
Label
Decca
Catalogue No.
4825830
Barcode
00028948258307
Format
1-CD
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Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15
Tragic Overture, Op. 81*
Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80*

Clifford Curzon, piano
Concertgebouworkest
Eduard van Beinum

*FIRST CD RELEASE ON DECCA

Track previews
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15: 1. Maestoso - Poco più moderato
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15: 2. Adagio
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 15: 3. Rondo (Allegro non troppo)
Tragic Overture, Op. 81
Academic Festival Overture, Op. 80
Recording information

Recording Producer: John Culshaw
Balance Engineer: Kenneth Wilkinson
Recording Location: Grote Zaal, Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, November–December 1952 (Overtures), May–June 1953 (Concerto)
Original Decca LP Releases: LXT 2825 (Concerto); LXT 2778 (Overtures)
Remastering Engineer: Chris Bernauer
Eloquence Series Producer: Cyrus Meher-Homji

Reviews

‘Mr. Curzon offers a more relaxed, slower, warmer performance [than Serkin], adjectives that can be used also about Mr. van Beinum’s conception of the work. The orchestral sound is full and clearly defined, and Mr. Curzon’s solid tone stands out in admirable relief … The Adagio is superb in its delicacy, poignancy, and tragic implications, and the last movement, given a slower, more lyric treatment, seems less elephantine than it sometimes does. High Fidelity (Piano Concerto No.1)

‘Curzon/van Beinum score their points by verve and dexterity, a more persistent rubato, a sharper narrative [than Backhaus/Böhm] … Sound excellent … brighter and more detailed in Amsterdam.’ High Fidelity (Piano Concerto No.1)