Inspiration – Homage to Maria Curcio


Catalogue No: DDA 25086
EAN/UPC: 809730508622
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Release Date: December 2010
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Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 75:23

Maria Curcio was one of the most influential and sought after piano teachers of the latter part of the 20th century including among her students such luminaries as Martha Argerich, Peter Frankl, Radu Lupu, and Mitsuko Uchida – and Anthony Goldstone. Following Curcio’s death in 2009 at the age of 89, this is Goldstone’s tribute to his mentor – a fine recital in its own right, and works all of which have a connection to her, in some way or other. This is the first ever recording of the lovely Waltzes composed by Artur Schnabel. As a bonus we include one of the very few surviving recordings made by Maria Curcio, where she accompanies Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in a Mozart aria – a performance first broadcast in 1957.

Track Listing

    Franz Schubert:

  1. Ave Maria (Ellens Dritte Gesang) (5:54)
  2. Gioacchino Rossini:

  3. La Danza (Tarantella Napolitana) (4:16)
  4. Heitor Villa-Lobos:

  5. Choro No 9 (Alma Brasileira) (4:46)
  6. Alfredo Casella:

  7. Variations on a Chaconne, op. 3 (7:12)
  8. Artur Schnabel:

  9. I. Walzer, Op. 15 No. 3 − I. Sehr lebhaft (0:41)
  10. II. Walzer, Op. 15 No. 3 − II. Nicht zu rasch (1:25)
  11. III. Walzer, Op. 15 No. 3 − III. Nicht rasch (1:25)
  12. IV. Walzer, Op. 15 No. 3 − IV. Mit grosstem Schwung (3:50)
  13. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:

  14. Rondo in A minor, K. 511 (10:16)
  15. Ludwig van Beethoven:

  16. Fantasie, Op. 77 (9:11)
  17. Fryderyk Chopin:

  18. Polonaise in F sharp minor (“Tragic”), Op. 44 (10:39)
  19. Max Reger:

  20. Maria Wiegenlied, Op. 76 No. 52 (2:12)
  21. Robert Schumann:

  22. Widmung, Op. 25 No. 1 (3:28)
  23. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:

  24. Concert aria ‘Ch’io mi scordi di te?”, K. 505 (9:53)


International Piano

Goldstone infused each piece in this wide-ranging recital with an almost choreographic sense of its expressive (as well as structural) potentialities and continuity. Typically Goldstone uncovers some rarities along the way. Highly recommended.

” —Julian Haylock

Goldstone is an artist of real substance. I was not convinced by the idea of this collection to begin with, but ended up being won over by the combination of Goldstone’s artistry, imaginative programming, and the rare distinction of Curcio’s own playing. Recommended.

” —Boyd Pomeroy

The works are all connected to [Maria] Curcio. The programming is effective, in any case, irrespective of its source of inspiration. [The Liszt] is played with élan… A mature reading of Chopin’s Polonaise. [In the Casella,] the characterisation is strong, faster and slower variations are well handled and the music is stirring. Goldstone measures and calibrates … Villia-Lobos’s Choro no. 5 with precision. To finish with there is a bonus track which features Curcio herself, playing marvellously… It ends the recital on a poignant yet uplifting note.

” —Jonathan Woolf

A lovely tribute to Goldstone’s beloved teacher. Goldstone’s playing is all one could ask for – sensitive, well-shaped, feelingful and effortlessly virtuosic. He is playing a marvellous piano.. all recorded magnificently. Strongly recommended

” —Scott Morrison