Mozart wrote one complete sonata for two pianos, the famous D major, here in a superb performance. But he also left sketches of a second work in B flat, which has been completed and realised by Anthony Goldstone. Together with Goldstone’s transcription of the Adagio and Rondo, originally written for glass harmonica, and arrangements by Busoni and Grieg, this is perhaps one of the most fascinating and unusual programmes of Mozart available.
“This disc of keyboard music for four hands has a claim to our attention beyond the mere excellence of the playing, the indefatigable Goldstone offering his realisation of an abandoned Sonata in B flat major for two pianos... It’s well worth hearing. Lovely disc, complemented by Goldstone’s notes.”
“...this is a valuable release, with fine recorded quality… Goldstone and Clemmow are a talented duo, able to immerse themselves both in their own lines and in those of their partner. The choices of tempo, dynamic contrast and phrasing carry quiet conviction.”
“... wonderful release. Anthony Goldstone shows us that his compositional and arrangement skills are the equal to his pianistic ones. The performance [of K448] can only be described as sparkling. Excellent sound and interesting booklet notes round off a very enjoyable release.”
“Played with vitality and rich humanity...delightful revelations…[Goldstone’s B flat sonata realisation] is a tour de force… a living, breathing work of which even the master would have been proud.”
“...well recorded disc… the Piano Sonata in B flat major… is a truly intriguing find and again it comes alive quite magically. Divine Art deserve praise for venturing into this two piano repertoire which is reaping significant results for the label in this neglected field. Copious notes by Anthony Goldstone set the seal on a most stimulating release.”