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Tchaikovsky Rare Transcriptions and Paraphrases, vol. 1

Tchaikovsky orchstral and operatic works transcribed for solo piano

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2012

Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Anthony Goldstone

piano

Venue:

St. John the Baptist Church, Alkborough



Engineer:

Anthony Goldstone



Record Label
Divine Art

Genre:

Russian


Piano

Total Time - 73:15
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PYOTR IL'YICH TCHAIKOVSKY

     
1 

Marche slave, Op. 31

11:17
  transcribed by H. Hanke - world premiere recording  
     
2 

Potpourri on Themes from the opera The Voyevoda

13:51
  transcribed by Tchaikovsky under the pseudonym 'H. Cramer'  
     
 

Theme and Variations from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in G major,. Op. 55

 
3 I I. Theme and Variations 1-3 3:19
  transcribed by Max Lippold and Anthony Goldstone, first recording  
4 II II. Variations 4-5 2:22
  transcribed by Max Lippold and Anthony Goldstone, first recording  
5 III III. Variations 6-8 2:03
  transcribed by Max Lippold and Anthony Goldstone, first recording  
6 IV IV. Variations 9-11 4:47
  transcribed by Max Lippold and Anthony Goldstone, first recording  
7 V V. Variation 12: Finale (Polacca) 6:36
  transcribed by Max Lippold and Anthony Goldstone, first recording  
     
 

Serenade for String Orchestra, Op. 48

 
8 I I. Pezzo in forma di Sonatina 9:18
  transcribed by Max Lippold and Anthony Goldstone, first recording  
9 II II. Valse 3:42
  transcribed by Max Lippold and Anthony Goldstone, first recording  
10 III III. Elegie 8:18
  transcribed by Max Lippold and Anthony Goldstone, first recording  
11 IV IV. Finale 7:42
  transcribed by Max Lippold and Anthony Goldstone, first recording  
     
 Anthony Goldstone piano


As ever, Anthony Goldstone as both pianist and, in some cases, arranger, has produced a startlingly original and vibrant programme. Here, music originally written for concert or operatic performance is presented in little known transcriptions, all but one in fact here receiving their first recording. An important and rare addition to the Tchaikovsky canon. Volume 2 will on the same basis contain transcriptions of music from Tchaikovsky’s ballets.

 “One has to compliment [Goldstone] on recording all this music with the necessary virtuosity and enormous stamina which is required. A musicological exercise – and a very good one...this pianist’s remarkable recorded legacy ... will maintain his presence in catalogues of the distant future.” – Peter Graham Woolf (Musical Pointers)

“I love to hear [piano versions] for a better look at the inner structure ... these selections are all wonderful.”
 
 Frank Behrens - Art Times Journal

 “It is fascinating to hear familiar music in this guise because it enables the attentive listener to concentrate on the inner workings of this music, and thereby acquire a deeper understanding of Tchaikovsky’s genius. The results are musically outstanding.”

Alexander Leonard - Musical Opinion


 "Goldstone plays them all [the pieces] with great fluency and panache” –

Andrew Clements - The Guardian


 “Exhilaration not just of the music itself ... but of defiant medium-crossing. Creating stringiness on an essentially percussive instrument brings an added zest.”

Paul Driver - The Sunday Times


 “[Goldstone] delivers as rousing and scenic a version as 80 orchestral musicians. The only thing missing is cymbals on his feet. This level of musicianship makes the orchestra redundant. Highly recommended to all pianophiles and Tchaikovsky fans alike.” 

Jean-Yves Duperron - Classical Music Sentinel


 “No one should easily pass up the chance to hear Goldstone’s insouciant virtuosity. {He brings] cultured and cultivated tonal qualities... playfulness too, conjured with a sense of breadth and tonal imagination, and warm phrasing. These qualities are reinforced by the excellent recording and good notes.” 

 
Jonathan Woolf - MusicWeb-International.com

“An underrated musician with an unrivalled pedigree... thumpingly effective.. a magnificent account of the Serenade for Strings which completely defies expectations and comes brilliantly and sonorously to life in the hands of this consummate expert and masterly technician.” –

Michael Tumelty - The Herald - (Scotland)


 “Goldstone makes his bravura mark from the outset .. luminous keyboard sound, and his polyphony quite sweeps us along to the end ... a fascinating excursion into Tchaikovsky.”

Gary Lemco - Audiophile Audition

 

 “A revelation from start to finish ... the piano version of [Marche slave] is a staggering conception. Renditions are imbued with a high dose of exciting pianism but the lyrical quality of the music is dealt with gentle finesse and subtle expressiveness. Sound and Balance are first-rate.” 

Gerald Fenech - Classical Net

 

"...Aficionados and connoisseurs will enjoy a great deal, especially thanks to Goldstone’s sympathetic pianism and his ability to deploy considerable virtuosity when necessary..."

Brian Reinhart - MusicWeb-International.com - October 2012


“Tchaikovsky’s orchestral music, not unlike Rachmaninov’s, lends itself wonderfully to piano transcriptions and paraphrases—magnificently colourful and contoured, immaculately graded and given to long-breathed gestures, which push ever forward in intensity to reach climaxes of enormous power and grandeur. Much of the composer’s romantic essence finds its way into piano versions and I can quite see why Anthony Goldstone has turned his attention, first to the orchestral and operatic music, and in the next instalment to the ballet music. The disc overall emerges as a creditable project, no doubt distracting Goldstone for some considerable time, not least in contributing to two of the four excellent transcriptions and in the writing of full, detailed booklet notes. His efforts are complemented by a warm, well-captured sound from Divine Art—I look forward to hearing Goldstone’s second instalment featuring Tchaikovsky’s ballet music.”
 
Mark Tanner - International Record Review - September 2012




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