Clifford Curzon; George Szell, London Symphony Orchestra – Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 (1962/2014) [HDTT FLAC 24bit/192kHz]

Clifford Curzon; George Szell, LSO – Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 (1962/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 50:24 minutes | 2,09 GB
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…Pianist Clifford Curzon joins the London Symphony Orchestra conducted by George Szell for this recording of Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15.

This 1962 recording of Brahms’s massive First Concerto was an instant classic when originally released.
Pianist Clifford Curzon, Conductor George Szell and the London Symphony Orchestra unite for a Truly Stunning Performance! Clifford Curzon gets to the heart of the music, capturing the high drama of the symphonic opening movement, and his rapt concentration makes a profound effect in the Adagio, famous for his controversially slow tempo.

Conductor George Szell is his equal here, conducting with passion and intensity. The way he screws up the tension in the orchestra’s opening statement and then, through judicious rubato and a warming of the string tone, makes the second subject come alive is a mini-lesson in great conducting.

01 – I. Maestoso (D minor)
02 – II. Adagio (D major)
03 – III. Rondo: Allegro non troppo (D minor → D major)

Recording Live at Kingsway Hall, London: 30 May – 1 June 1962 by Decca.
Produced by John Culshaw. Engineered by Kenneth Wilkinson.
Source used for Transfer: Transferred from a 4-track tape.