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Clifford Curzon Edition: Complete Recordings ~ Clifford Curzon
Returning to this set eighteen months after buying it, I wondered how I came to buy it at all. I think it was having heard of this set on Radio 3's CD Review programme and on the strength of that alone, rather than being a Curzon fan; in fact having little knowledge about him. I played though the discs and, with the exception of the Emperor concerto, it did not make much of an impact on me. I've recently been dipping into this again but am still not very taken with much of it. With hindsight, I would say this purchase was a mistake.
Schubert: Lieder ~ Felicity Lott
Schubert: Lieder ~ Felicity Lott
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating, 29 Aug 2014
I remember the day I bought this. I had been driving to work and heard the An die Musik track on Radio 3. At this time I knew nothing about lieder and had avoided the singing of sopranos and mezzos. Despite this I found Dame Lott's performance captivating.

I'm writing this review many years after buying this disc as I have recently bought Dame Janet Baker's performance of the same songs. It may be me, it may be the earlier style of singing, but I don't find her performance as captivating. Dame Janet is incomparable singing Elgar's Sea Pictures, but here: Dame… Read more
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons ~ Simon Standage
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons ~ Simon Standage
This was the first version of the Four Seasons I bought (on vinyl) in the 1980s. I subsequently bought other versions of this work but don't find any other performance quite as exciting.

Note: if you are inclined to buy other Archiv albums, you will find this as disc 28 in the excellent box set Archiv Produktion 1947-2013: A Celebration of Artistic Excellence from the Home of Early Music (DG box set).