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A Night at the Opera

Paraphrases, Transcriptions and Variations on operatic themes for solo piano

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2008

Originally recorded in 2008

Artists:

Anthony Goldstone

piano

Venue:

St John the Baptist, Alkborough



Engineer:

Anthony Goldstone



Record Label
Divine Art

Genre:

Piano


Romantic

Total Time - 79:25
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FRANZ LISZT

1 

Concert Paraphrase on Verdi's Rigoletto

6:53
     
 

CHRISTOPH WILLIBALD GLUCK

2 

Dance of the Blessed Spirits

3:24
  arranged by Giovanni Sgambati  
     
 

FREDERIC CHOPIN

 

Variations, op. 2, on "la ci darem" from Mozar's Don Giovanni

 
3 I Introduction 4:22
     
4 II Theme and Variations 1-4 6:05
     
5 III Variation 5 "Alla Polacca" 6:30
     
 

NIKOLAI ANDREYEVICH RIMSKY-KORSAKOV

6 

The Tale of Tsar Saltan

1:10
  arranged by Sergei Rachmaninov  
     
 

PERCY GRAINGER

7 

Ramble on the Last Love Duet in Der Rosenkavalier

6:23
     
 

FRANZ LISZT

 

Reminiscences of Bellini's Norma

 
8 I 1 Tempo giusto, etc 8:09
     
9 II 2 Andante con agitazione, etc 8:55
     
 

FERRUCCIO BUSONI

10 

Chamber Fantasy on Bizet's Carmen

7:56
     
 

RICHARD WAGNER

11 

Isoldes Liebestod

6:57
  arranged by F Liszt  
     
 

FELIX MENDELSSOHN

12 

Fantasy on 'The Last Rose of Summer', op. 15

6:52
     
 

ALFRED GRUNFELD

13 

Soiree de Vienne, op. 56

5:49
  Concert Paraphrase on Johann Strauss's Waltz Motives  
     
 Anthony Goldstone piano


Paraphrases, transcriptions and variations on operatic themes for piano solo. Some well known pieces here and some very rare pieces, all stunningly performed and the most wonderful programme of delights.

“It is puzzling why he does not enjoy a higher public profile. Goldstone’s accounts generally stand up well to the competition – a buoyant Rigoletto paraphrase, for example, and a keenly detailed and dramatic Carmen Chamber Fantasy. [A] generously filled disc accompanied by the pianist’s own excellent booklet.”

Jeremy Nicholas
 

Gramophone

“In splendidly assertive sound there can be no mistaking the grand manner. Goldstone delivers some superbly judged shadowy-misty textures [in the Busoni] – a miracle pulled off with consummate and evidently natural skill. The Chopin shines in poised finery. The effect is completed with de luxe production values for the whole package.” –

Rob Barnett

Music Web

“Several [of the pieces], rarely heard, are especially welcome in Goldstone’s most musical hands. None are played as mere virtuoso vehicles, though he certainly does not lack the technical ability to wow an audience. A most likable and satisfying recital. Goldstone knows how to get to the heart of everything he plays, writes his own entertaining notes, and enjoys excellent sound.”

Becker
 

American Record Guide

“Anthony Goldstone delights us with A Night at the Opera. This is entertaining stuff. Virtuoso playing is provided by Goldstone”

Peter Spaull

Liverpool Daily Post

“ Tony Goldstone rejoices in these cascading miniatures as gloriously inventive and musically satisfying pieces in their own right... played like this one would think them to be bona fide masterpieces. An outstanding collection performed with exemplary grace and style.”

Julian Haylock

International Piano

“Anthony Goldstone has been at the forefront of imaginative recital and recording programming for many years. The real bon-bon of the collection is Grünfeld’s Soirée de Vienne; sheer delight from beginning to end! Lovely music to end a brilliant recording. Anthony Goldstone has produced a gem of a disc with glorious melodies lovingly adorned by both composers and pianist. The sound is just right for my taste and the notes (by Goldstone) are rich in both information and enthusiasm.”

David Hackbridge Johnson

Music Web

“His playing is effortless. At the same time it is never glib – he must work very hard indeed to play this series of finger-busters. This is how this repertory should be played. Bravo, Anthony Goldstone!”

Raymond S. Tuttle

International Record Review

“This disc is a pure delight from start to finish... it should be one of the piano highlights of the year. [A] hugely enjoyable disc which is jam packed at just 30 seconds less than 80 minutes long... with the glorious virtuosity of Anthony Goldstone to round off that perfect experience. This is truly an essential purchase for lovers of good operatic and piano music.”

Gerald Fenech

Classical Net

" Played with real charm. Of all the CDs I’ve heard of these virtuoso showpieces based on other music this is one of the best ... a great pianist."

Rob Cowan

BBC 3 CD Radio Review - 16 June 2008



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