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Presented here is a selection of Chopin compositions arranged for two pianos or piano duet, including the Second Piano Concerto in a version for two pianos by Chopin himself and his pupil Carl Mikuli – a world première recording.
In all there are six such premières on this CD.
With thirty-five CDs and a busy concert schedule stretching back almost a quarter century, the British piano duo Goldstone and Clemmow is firmly established as a leading force. Described by Gramophone as ‘a dazzling husband and wife team’, by International Record Review as ‘a British institution in the best sense of the word’, and by The Herald, Glasgow, as ‘the UK’s pre-eminent twopiano team’, internationally known artists Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow formed their duo in 1984 and married in 1989.
Their extremely diverse activities in two-piano and piano-duet recitals and double concertos, taking in major festivals, have sent them all over the British Isles as well as to Europe, the Middle East and several times to the U.S.A., where they have received standing ovations and such press accolades as ‘revelations such as this are rare in the concert hall these days’ (Charleston Post and Courier). In their refreshingly presented concerts they mix famous masterpieces and fascinating rarities, which they frequently unearth themselves, into absorbing and hugely entertaining programmes; their numerous B.B.C. broadcasts have often included first hearings of unjustly neglected works, and their equally enterprising and acclaimed commercial recordings include many world premières.
Having presented the complete duets of Mozart for the bicentenary, they decided to accept the much greater challenge of performing the vast quantity of music written by Schubert specifically for four hands at one piano. This they have repeated several times in mammoth seven-concert cycles, probably a world first in their completeness (including works not found in the collected edition) and original recital format. The Musical Times wrote of this venture: ‘The Goldstone/Clemmow performances invited one superlative after another.’ The complete cycle (as a rare bonus including as encores Schumann’s eight Schubert-inspired Polonaises) was recorded on seven CDs, ‘haunted with the spirit of Schubert’ – Luister, The Netherlands.
Fryderyk Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21
III. Allegretto vivace
Fryderyk Chopin: Rondo in C major, Op. 73
Rondo in C major, Op. 73
Fryderyk Chopin: Variations in E major on Non piu mesta from Rossini's La Cenerentola (arr. A. Goldstone)
Variations on Non piu mesta from Rossini's La Cenerentola (arr. A. Goldstone)
Eduard Schutt: Valse-Paraphrase d'apres Chopin, Op. 58, No. 1
Valse-Paraphrase d'apres Chopin, Op. 58, No. 1
Fryderyk Chopin: Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64, No. 1 (arr. F. Corder)
Waltz No. 6 in D flat major, Op. 64, No. 1 (arr. F. Corder)
Fryderyk Chopin: Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2 (arr. O. Sutro)
Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2 (arr. O. Sutro)
Johannes Brahms: 5 Studies for the Piano, Anh. Ia/1: No. 1. Study after Chopin (arr. of Etude No. 14 in F minor, Op. 25, No. 2) (arr. A. Goldstone)
Etude nach (arr. A. Goldstone)
Fryderyk Chopin: Variations on a theme of Moore
Variations on a theme of Moore
Anthony Goldstone: Revolutionary Raindrop Rag
Revolutionary Raindrop Rag
“The recording is very clear. The rendition of the concerto is definitely very stimulating. As for the rest, the bravura pieces fare best, while the more lyrical ones are somewhat “bravurized”.”
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