Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Edward Grieg – Piano Concerto (Curzon)

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Curzon delivers one of his best ‘performances’ of Grieg’s Piano Concerto, with plenty of drive, a touch of aristocracy and a believably ‘live’ sounding aural experience on disc. He was notoriously difficult to please and refused publication of many of his otherwise good recordings. This one was not a problem and that is a guide as to its musical quality. It achieved ‘reference’ status almost immediately and has never slipped from that position in the 60 years since which is a remarkable achievement.

# Composer: Edvard Grieg, César Franck, Henry Litolff
# Performer: Clifford Curzon
# Orchestra: London Philarmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra
# Conductor: Øivin Fjeldstad, Sir Adrian Boult
# Vinyl (1959)
# Number of Discs: 1
# Format: Flac
# Label: Decca
# DR-Analysis: DR 13
# Size: 926 MB
# Scan: yes
# Server: FileFactory


  –Grieg*, Clifford Curzon With The London Symphony Orchestra* Conducted By Øivin Fjeldstad Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op. 16
A1 1st Mov: Allegro Molto Moderato 12:46
A2 2nd Mov: Adagio 6:05
A3 3rd Mov: Allegro Moderato Molto E Marcato 10:28
B1 –Franck*, Clifford Curzon With The London Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By Sir Adrian Boult Variations Symphoniques 15:28
B2 –Litolff*, Clifford Curzon With The London Philharmonic Orchestra* Conducted By Sir Adrian Boult Scherzo From Concerto Symphonique No. 4, Op. 102 7:34

 Analyzed folder: /96k Grieg – Piano Concerto – Curzon
 DR        Peak        RMS        Filename
 DR13        -0.47 dB     -19.75 dB     A1 Grieg, Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op. 16 – Allegro Molto Moderato.wav
 DR13        -6.31 dB     -25.07 dB     A2 Grieg, Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op. 16 – Adagio.wav
 DR12        -0.85 dB     -17.48 dB     A3 Grieg, Piano Concerto In A Minor, Op. 16 – Allegro Moderato Molto E Marcato.wav
 DR12        -1.60 dB     -20.00 dB     B1 Franck, Variations Symphoniques.wav
 DR16        -1.19 dB     -21.74 dB     B2 Litolff, Scherzo From Concerto Symphonique No. 4, Op. 102.wav
 Number of files:    5
 Official DR value:    DR13


  • Composed By – Franck* (tracks: B1), Grieg* (tracks: A1 to A2.b), Litolff* (tracks: B2)
  • Conductor – Sir Adrian Boult (tracks: B1, B2), Øivin Fjeldstad (tracks: A1 to A2.b)
  • Engineer [Uncredited] – Alan Reeve (tracks: A1 to A2.b), James Brown (13) (tracks: B1), Kenneth Wilkinson (tracks: B2)
  • Mastered By – D (36)
  • Orchestra – London Philharmonic Orchestra* (tracks: B1, B2), London Symphony Orchestra, The (tracks: A1 to A2.b)
  • Piano – Clifford Curzon
  • Producer [Uncredited] – John Culshaw

Ripping Info

  • RCM: Okki Nokki
  • TT: Clearaudio Champion Level II + Special Edition Denon DL 103 -> Pro-Ject Phono Box II
  • Pre Amp: Unison Research Unico Pre (Tube)
  • Finals: Opera Consonance 9.9 Mono (Tube)
  • Speakers: Dali Helikon 400
  • Software: iZotope RX Advanced v2.02, Adobe Audition CS 5.5 -> Wave 32 bit/96 kHz
  • Light de-Clicking with ClickRepair, significant clicks manually removing, no De-Noising

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Enjoy the music, not the ticks & pops.

  • Converting Wave 32bit/96kHz -> Flac 24bit/96kHz: Twisted Wave
  • Artwork: Sony Alpha 350, Epson Perfection V750 Pro, Photoshop CS 5.5

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13 thoughts on “Audiophile HD-Vinyl 24/96 (Decca) Edward Grieg – Piano Concerto (Curzon)

    I love this concerto! If my memory hasn’t failed m, I had this on Reel to reel years ago with either Horowitz or Rubinstein, I wore out the tape.
    This is every bit as good, if not better. Curzon’s dynamics are not only appropriate, but brilliantly thought out.
    Thanks for such a great pleasure, Rach!
    Gross ist der Curzon, die Pianist!

  2. Was your transfer done from a black DECCA wide band groove.
    I have a white label narrow band so i guess this may be a later pressing????

    • La mia copia è un reissue koreano non so di quale anno…ce l’ho da circa 20 anni. La tua copia ha i labels bianchi? Strano, mai visti…o è un promo-copy o è della serie Ace of Diamonds.

      • si Bianco con Decca narrow band FFSS. Forse un promo

        Io Ho 5 or 6 Prima registrazione test pressings for Lucia di lammermoor e altri Opera (Box Set) Decca. $$???

        • John…se credi che siano senza dubbio da proporre quelle opere qui sul blog, sii libero di mettermele a disposizione. Me le mandi e quando finisco te le restituisco. Avresti solo 2x 18-20 EUR di spedizione dall’Italia alla Germania e viceversa sulle spalle.

          Se decidi di si, scrivimi un PM che ti do il mio indirizzo.

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