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Goldstone and Clemmow

Spanish delicias

(two pianos except *=piano duet)
Emmanuel Chabrier: España Enrique Granados, arr. Bartlett/Robertson: Quejas ó la maja y el ruiseñor Ernesto Lecuona, arr. Nash: Malagueña Joaquín Rodrigo: Adagio from Concierto de Aranjuez Cécile Chaminade: La Sévillane, Op. 19 Manuel de Falla, arr. Bertram: Noches en los jardines de España Camille Saint-Saëns: La jota aragonese, Op. 64 Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34 * Francisco Tárrega, arr. Goldstone: Gran Vals *

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This is strictly for piano duettists and duos, who are not put off by the potentially tiring effect of 20 hammers on modern grand pianos.

Great fun to play, I'm sure, but apt to sound relentless to the listener; best taken a few tracks at a time.

I didn't convince myself that the absence of orchestral colouring brought rewards to compensate for its loss.

Not one of this important team's best, but read on for one of the better ones and a listing of their many others reviewed by Musical Pointers.


Heinrich von Herzogenberg
Piano Music

Theme and Variations for two pianos, Op. 13
Allotria for piano duet, Op. 33, Book 1
Variations on a Theme of Brahms for piano duet, Op. 23
Waltzes for piano duet, Op. 53
Variations on the Minuet from 'Don Juan' for piano solo, Op. 58
Capriccio for piano solo, Op. 107

Goldstone and Clemmow, piano duo
Anthony Goldstone, piano


Toccata Classics: TOCC0010 [2005, TT: 77 mins]

Enjoyed by Musical Pointers live and on CD for many years, this married partnership has made a huge contribution to lesser known duo and duet piano music, as well as releasing the standard duo/duet repertoire from their home village Alkborough, with piano(s) on which they record in the church a few yards away from their home.

This must be one of the best, and most valuable, of their many discs. They make a very strong case for Herzogenberg, whose hero Brahms apparently patronised coolly his devoted disciple, whose Variations on a Brahms theme is included here.

Harold Truscott (whom I used to know, and who enthused to me about Herzogenberg as unjustly overlooked) helped Anthony Goldstone towards this worthy compilation. It is a terrific disc, played with flair and the unanimity which can only be achieved in a sympathetic partnership.

The pianos (their usual Grotrian-Steinwegs, I presume - but the instruments are not specified, nor who was responsible for the recordings; maybe they do it all themselves?) sound great and the selection is as satisfyingly varied as you might expect from these experienced programme planners. The best picture of them I have seen is well placed on the tray under the disc; buy the CD to see it properly...

Recommended very warmly, especially to younger pianists seeking to increase their repertoires.

Peter Grahame Woolf