Tchaikovsky Rare Transcriptions and Paraphrases, vol. 2

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Catalogue No: DDA 25106
EAN/UPC: 809730510625
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Release Date: July 2013
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Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 75:55

In this superb album Anthony Goldstone performs exquisite versions of music from Tchaikovsky’s three major ballets, The Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, and Swan Lake. Apart from the piece by Percy Grainger, these are, incredibly, the first ever recordings of these superb transcriptions.

Track Listing

    Paul Pabst:

  1. Concert Paraphrase on The Sleeping Beauty (7:19)
  2. Alexander Siloti:

  3. I. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Act III (transcribed for solo piano) − Marche (3:34)
  4. II. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Act III (transcribed for solo piano) − Polacca (4:43)
  5. III. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Act III (transcribed for solo piano) − First Pas de Quatre – Allegro non tanto (2:01)
  6. IV. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Act III (transcribed for solo piano) − First Pas de Quatre – Variation I Tempo di valse (1:15)
  7. V. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Act III (transcribed for solo piano) − First Pas de Quatre – Variation II la Fee-Argent (0:58)
  8. VI. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Act III (transcribed for solo piano) − First Pas de Quatre – Variation III – Saphir (0:45)
  9. VII. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Act III (transcribed for solo piano) − First Pas de Quatre – Variation IV – Diamant (0:52)
  10. VIII. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Act III (transcribed for solo piano) − First Pas de Quatre – Coda (0:50)
  11. IX. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Act III (transcribed for solo piano) − Pas de caractère – Le chat botte et la chatte blanche (1:50)
  12. X. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Act III (transcribed for solo piano) − Second pas de quatre – Adagio (2:21)
  13. XI. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Act III (transcribed for solo piano) − Second pas de quatre – Variation I Cendrillon et Fortune (0:55)
  14. XII. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Act III (transcribed for solo piano) − Second pas de quatre – Variation II L’oiseau bleu et Florine (0:51)
  15. XIII. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Act III (transcribed for solo piano) − Coda (1:39)
  16. XIV. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Act III (transcribed for solo piano) − Pas de caractère – Chaperon rouge et le loup (1:26)
  17. XV. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Act III (transcribed for solo piano) − Pas berrichon (1:34)
  18. XVI. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Act III (transcribed for solo piano) − Pas de deux – Entrée (2:01)
  19. XVII. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Act III (transcribed for solo piano) − Pas de deux – Adagio (4:50)
  20. XVIII. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Act III (transcribed for solo piano) − Pas de deux – Variation I Désire (1:09)
  21. XIX. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Act III (transcribed for solo piano) − Pas de deux – Variation II Aurore (2:00)
  22. XX. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Act III (transcribed for solo piano) − Pas de deux – Coda (1:30)
  23. XXI. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Act III (transcribed for solo piano) − Sarabande (2:49)
  24. XXII. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Act III (transcribed for solo piano) − Final (6:10)
  25. XXIII. Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty Act III (transcribed for solo piano) − Apothéose (2:44)
  26. Percy Grainger:

  27. Paraphrase on ‘Waltz of the Flowers’ from The Nutcracker (7:27)
  28. Nikolai Kashkin:

  29. I. Swan Lake Act I Pas de trois (transcribed for solo piano) − Intrada (2:37)
  30. II. Swan Lake Act I Pas de trois (transcribed for solo piano) − Andante sostenuto (3:49)
  31. III. Swan Lake Act I Pas de trois (transcribed for solo piano) − Allegro semplice – Presto (1:29)
  32. IV. Swan Lake Act I Pas de trois (transcribed for solo piano) − Moderato (1:22)
  33. V. Swan Lake Act I Pas de trois (transcribed for solo piano) − Allegro (1:15)
  34. VI. Swan Lake Act I Pas de trois (transcribed for solo piano) − Coda (1:38)

Reviews

MusicWeb

I am a great admirer of Goldstone’s art. Aside from the technical skill to perform these hugely demanding scores he displays real musical sympathy with the inherent style of this music and more importantly still an ability to communicate that sympathy both in the playing of the notes and the insight and interest of the programme notes he supplies. The skill of transcriber and performer are never in doubt … [a] compellingly enjoyable disc. The rest of the package – liner-notes, recording and general presentation are first class. The piano sound as recorded is bright and full, detailed but not oppressively so. A disc of real quality and one bound to give great pleasure to all.

” —Nick Barnard
Fanfare

I’ve found Anthony Goldstone’s recordings to be consistently delightful. He’s one of those modest virtuosos who can play anything. Goldstone, without ever sounding glib or insensitive to the limitations of actual dancers, glides through this wonderful glittering music triumphantly… hearing a pianist of Goldstone’s calibre conquer such technical difficulties so genially can’t fail to bring pleasure. This is a fun release – how could it be otherwise, given Tchaikovsky’s melodies and Goldstone’s impressive playing?

” —Raymond Tuttle
The Classical Reviewer

It is wonderful how Goldstone holds the structure [of Pabst’s Sleeping Beauty paraphrase] together so well. Beautifully crisp playing [in the Siloti piece] … the lovely little coda played to perfection. The performance [of the Grainger work] is an absolute triumph. Some pretty dexterous notes played brilliantly. With an excellent recording and informative booklet notes, lovers of Tchaikovsky and Russian music in general will want this disc.

” —Bruce Reader
BBC Music Magazine

Although sacrificing some of the brilliant colours of his orchestration, these resourceful piano transcriptions from Tchaikovsky’s three ballets by Pabst, Kashkin, Grainger and Siloti nonetheless sound very attractive. Goldstone performs them with great fluency and charm.

Sunday Times

This second of Goldstone’s two volumes opens swishingly. Two … items are disc premieres… Grainger’s paraphrase is a tremendous evergreen.

” —Paul Driver
Audiophile Audition

British piano virtuoso Anthony Goldstone … turns to the world of Tchaikovsky’s three exquisite ballet scores. A combination of flying fingers and unforgettable melody … wonderful non-legato [in the Sleeping Beauty Polonaise]. If we have not already been convinced of Goldstone’s prowess we next encounter Percy Grainger’s monumental account of Waltz of the Flowers.. we can virtually hear the horns in the orchestration and the swirls and throbbing runs and trills resonate with a will. A decisive tribute to the world’s foremost master of the ballet medium.

” —Gary Lemco
MusicWeb

As melodist extraordinaire Tchaikovsky’s writing lends itself particularly well to these entertainment-transcriptions, with the next memorable tune arriving before the music even has time to think about lulling… a spectacle of breathtaking pianism and exquisite detail. Goldstone’s modesty is disarming, whilst his technique and ear for the poetic phrase and dramatic flourish are almost second to none. Sound quality is excellent. In fact, the only bad thing about this disc is that it is officially the last one in the series.

” —Byzantion
Amazon

Tchaikovsky asked friends and colleagues of his to make these transcriptions and without exception they are wonderful. You couldn’t do better than getting this disc by Anthony Goldstone… he has made a number of terrific recordings.

” —Scott Morrison
Glasgow Herald

The great secret of the tireless missionary work of pianist Anthony Goldstone is magically [to] draw us into the detail of the music Great pianism and insight.. a glorious disc.

” —Michael Tumelty
International Record Review

Brilliantly played … generously filled disc. Goldstone’s comprehensive and highly articulate booklet note is a model of its kind.

” —Michael Round
Epoch Times

This is quite a find – if you love Tchaikovsky do not hesitate. Above all Goldstone is a master pianist, not only technically, but also catching the true spirit of such wonderful music. Well recorded with a lovely tone. Finally, the notes written by Goldstone are excellent.

” —Gerry Miller