Clifford Curzon With George Szell And The Cleveland Orchestra Play Music Of Schumann, Walton, Lees And Beethoven – 1966 – Past Daily Mid-Week Concert

Sir Clifford Curzon - A frequent collaborator with George Szell.

Sir Clifford Curzon – A frequent collaborator with George Szell.

Cleveland Orchestra – George Szell, Cond. – Sir Clifford Curzon, Piano – 1966 – Part 1 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

Cleveland Orchestra – George Szell, Cond. – Sir Clifford Curzon, Piano – 1966 – Part 2 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection

A classic concert this week. From the 1966 season of the Cleveland Orchestra, featuring Music Director George Szell at the podium and British Pianist Sir Clifford Curzon, a program of music by Schumann, William Walton, Benjamin Lees and Beethoven.

Here’s what’s on the players:

Part 1 (top player)

1. Schumann: Overture to Manfred
2. Benjamin Lees: Quartet for String Quartet and Orchestra
3. Walton: Variations On A Theme By Hindemith

Part 2 (bottom player)

1. Beethoven: Piano Concerto Nr. 5 “Emperor” – w/Sir Clifford Curzon

If the announcements sound a bit strange and all on one channel, that was the state-of-the-art for Stereo broadcasting at the time – the desired effect was you, the listener, hearing this thing in wide-range true stereo. Odd by todays standards, but in 1966 Stereo only 10 years old and was still new to some people.

But that shouldn’t prevent you from enjoying this concert featuring two of the great musicians of the 20th century in a live concert setting.

Enjoy and remember, it’s Anti-Road Rage Wednesday. So, turn it up and relax.

The inimitable Maestro Szell.

The inimitable Maestro Szell.

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