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Schubert: The Piano Masterworks Vol 1 / Anthony Goldstone


Release Date: 10/24/2006 
Label:  Divine Art   Catalog #: 21202   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Performer:  Anthony Goldstone
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 31 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Anthony Goldstone is one of Britain’s leading pianists and is a sixth-generation pupil of Beethoven who has always felt a special affinity for the music of Schubert. He has recently finished a seven CD cycle of all of Schubert’s four-hand piano works with his wife Caroline Clemmow. Having now been playing for more than fifty years he decided to record his views of Schubert’s great solo works to disc.

This is a field which has been very well served with pianists like Wilhelm Kempff, Alfred Brendel, Clifford Curzon and Mitsuko Uchida, all having made excellent recordings of this repertoire. It says much for Anthony Goldstone that his stands up very well to this competition. Like all very good players he has his own style which
Read more is not identical to others. For my taste he has a lot to offer and I believe most would be very happy with these new recordings.

The Allegretto in C minor is a short and relatively less well known work which offers a fascinating mix, so common with Schubert of intensity and tenderness. The second set of four Impromptus, although not quite so well known as the first set is a wonderful set which as played here could almost be a single sonata. Listeners by now will have grasped the main characteristics of Goldstone’s playing. Tempi are slightly on the fast side (probably historically correct) with plenty of dynamic range (but not to extremes). His technique is very good but unlike some pianists you end up by thinking "what wonderful music Schubert has written" not "what a marvellous technique this pianist has". Even in very slow passages he does not use the modern technique of gaining tension by playing so slowly that you wonder when and if the next note will arrive.

The wonderful Sonata D.960, completed two months before he died is probably Schubert’s greatest piano work and receives an appropriately wonderful performance by Goldstone. Incidentally Goldstone has written his own (very good) notes for the set and he gives the very good advice that listeners may well wish to take an interval before the main sonata which concludes each disc.

The second disc starts with the earlier D.664 which with its delightful melodies and fast waltz-like finale shows Schubert at his happiest. The famous "Wanderer" Fantasie (which apparently defeated Schubert the pianist) is given an extraordinarily brilliant performance by Goldstone (who describes the work as a "musical super-organism"). The last work is the D.894 Sonata which is rather special with its mellow cantabile first movement and serene slow movement is a piece which gives great joy to the listener.

Altogether this is an excellent set, well recorded and presented which can be fully recommended.

-- Arthur Baker, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Piano in B flat major, D 960 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Anthony Goldstone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  St John the Baptist, Alkborough, England 
Length: 39 Minutes 6 Secs. 
2. Impromptus (4) for Piano, D 935/Op. 142 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Anthony Goldstone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  St John the Baptist, Alkborough, England 
Length: 33 Minutes 10 Secs. 
3. Allegretto for Piano in C minor, D 915 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Anthony Goldstone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1999 
Venue:  St John the Baptist, Alkborough, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Piano in G major, D 894/Op. 78 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Anthony Goldstone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  St John the Baptist, Alkborough, England 
Length: 31 Minutes 30 Secs. 
5. Sonata for Piano in A major, D 664/Op. 120 by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Anthony Goldstone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819/1825; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  St John the Baptist, Alkborough, England 
Length: 21 Minutes 20 Secs. 
6. Fantasy for Piano in C major, D 760/Op. 15 "Wanderer" by Franz Schubert
Performer:  Anthony Goldstone (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 2000 
Venue:  St John the Baptist, Alkborough, England 
Length: 20 Minutes 30 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Allegretto in C minor, D. 915
4 Impromptus, Op. 142, D. 935: No. 1 in F minor
4 Impromptus, Op. 142, D. 935: No. 2 in A flat major
4 Impromptus, Op. 142, D. 935: No. 3 in B flat major
4 Impromptus, Op. 142, D. 935: No. 4 in F minor
Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D. 960: I. Molto moderato
Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D. 960: II. Andante sostenuto
Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D. 960: III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace con delicatezza
Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D. 960: IV. Allegro ma non troppo
Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, Op. 120, D. 664: I. Allegro moderato
Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, Op. 120, D. 664: II. Andante
Piano Sonata No. 13 in A major, Op. 120, D. 664: III. Allegro
Fantasy in C major, Op. 15, D. 760, "Wandererfantasie": I. Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo
Fantasy in C major, Op. 15, D. 760, "Wandererfantasie": II. Adagio
Fantasy in C major, Op. 15, D. 760, "Wandererfantasie": III. Presto
Fantasy in C major, Op. 15, D. 760, "Wandererfantasie": IV. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, Op. 78, D. 894: I. Molto moderato e cantabile
Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, Op. 78, D. 894: II. Andante
Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, Op. 78, D. 894: III. Menuetto: Allegro moderato
Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, Op. 78, D. 894: IV. Allegretto

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