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W.A. Mozart Piano Concerto No.20 K.466 & No.27 K.595 Clifford Curzon / Benjamin Britten

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A collaboration work from two of the worlds greatest Mozart admirers - Curzon, a British piano virtuoso and Britten, a composer / conductor, have brilliantly revived original recordings helping to create a new DSD re-master.

A milestone of Super Audio CD/CD mastering bringing a new experience to all listeners - brought to you by the experience and technology of ESOTERIC.

A selection of historical masterpiece recordings, re-mastered with cutting edge technologies and with ESOTERIC's respect for music - ESOTERIC Super Audio CD/CD collections take listeners to the "next level" of musical expression.

The criterion of re-mastering is to faithfully capture the original master tape quality. ESOTERIC's flag ship D/A converters, model D-01VU, Rubidium master clock generator model G-0Rb and ESOTERIC Mexcel cables, were all used for this mastering session. This combination of highly advanced technology greatly contributed in capturing the high quality sound of the original master tapes.

From original liner notes;

"Mozart's final piano concerto K.595 was central to Clifford Curzon's musical personality for at least the last half of his life and revealed much of his attitude towards performance and recording. He was virtually hypnotized by the piece as a source of endless variation in phrasing, touch and meaning, and proof that he was still making new discoveries in it, right to the end of his life, is that he planned to record it for the fourth time in January 1984···"
"The present performance is the result of recording sessions held on 24 and 25 September 1970. It was only natural that with two such Mozartians as Benjamin Britten and Clifford Curzon these sessions were dominated by musical rather than technical considerations and on the first day things went so well with K.466 that by the end of the second session we not only had a final version of K.466 but a complete performance of K.595 as well. After listening to the tape of K.595 in the evening, work was completed to everyone's satisfaction the following day. Editing took only a few days and Clifford Curzon heard the result soon afterwards···."
__Ray Minshull
W.A. Mozart (1756-1791)
Piano Concerto No.20 in D Minor K.466

Track #1. 1st. Mov.: Allegro
Track #2. 2nd. Mov.: Romance
Track #3. 3rd. Mov.: Rondo (Allegro assai)
Piano Concerto No.27 in B Flat Major K.595
Track #4. 1st. Mov.: Allegro
Track #5. 2nd. Mov.: Larghetto
Track #6. 3rd. Mov.: Allegro

Sir Clifford Curzon (Piano)
English Chamber Orchestra
Conducted by Benjamin Britten

Producer: Ray Minshull
Engineer: Kenneth Willkinson
Location: Maltings, Snape
Original recording date: September 1970

SA-CD /CD re-mastering
Producer: Motoaki Ohmachi (President, ESOTERIC COMPANY)
Mastering Engineer: Kazuie Sugimoto (JVC Mastering Center)
Special Thanks to: Hiroshi Hizawa (Universal Music K.K.)
SA-CD/CD re-mastering was carried out on August 26, 2008 at JVC Mastering Center.

ESOTERIC equipment list for this re-mastering:
D-01VU (D/A Converters)
G-0Rb (Rubidium Master Clock Generator)
ESOTERIC Mexcel Cables (BNC, XLR, AC cable)

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