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Lloyd: Aubade, Etc / Anthony Goldstone, Caroline Clemmow

Release Date: 12/16/1997 
Label:  Albany Records   Catalog #: 248   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  George Lloyd
Performer:  Caroline ClemmowAnthony Goldstone
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here is an enticing programme of eclectic, always tuneful works, most attractively laid out for two pianos. The dream-like Aubade, a suite of eight movements, is reminiscent of twentieth-century French music in its elegance and bursts of pianistic exuberance and is evocative and entertaining, too. It reminds me a little of Debussy’s Boite a joujoux. With its mixed imagery of “Charcoal burners”, moto perpetuo “Moths”, “Tin soldiers” (who come from Waterloo), and an ungainly yet witty waltz, danced by unlikely partners (the Duke of Wellington and Lady Hamilton), its fantasy world is quirkily evoked. Later come rather more solemn “Monks and Lutherans” and “Bells” which first ripple magically in the morning air but ring out more rumbustiously Read more in the finale.

The boisterous Road through Samarkand, written as a bravura solo piece for John Ogdon and brilliantly expanded for the present performers, is a splashy and highly inventive toccata. It has catchy syncopated touches, but ends disconsolately (although with a final surge of energy) as the travellers from our own culture fail to find salvation in the East.

In melodic terms most memorable of all is Eventide, a youthful inspiration (originally intended as a carol) that has an engaging theme, with variations; if perhaps a trifle overelaborated it nevertheless haunts the memory. Goldstone and Clemmow relish its delicacy alongside its momentary rhetoric, and they play the whole programme with persuasive virtuosity and a fine command of pianistic colour. The reverberant recording (as often with two pianos) sounds as though it has been made in an empty hall but is otherwise faithful: Lloyd fans need not hesitate.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [11/1997]
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Works on This Recording

Aubade for 2 Pianos by George Lloyd
Performer:  Caroline Clemmow (Piano), Anthony Goldstone (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1971; England 
Eventide by George Lloyd
Performer:  Anthony Goldstone (Piano), Caroline Clemmow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
The Road through Samarkand by George Lloyd
Performer:  Anthony Goldstone (Piano), Caroline Clemmow (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1972; England 
Notes: Transcribed: George Lloyd 

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