American Record Guide

This wonderful release is titled “Mozart on Reflection” and contains four works where Mozart’s music is heard reflected off – or perhaps refracted through – other people, plus that cornerstone of the two-piano repertoire, the D major Sonata, K 448. Busoni’s two-piano arrangement of The Magic Flute Overture is a masterpiece and given a fitting performance. Goldstone and Clemmow match the ensemble and brilliance of the Gilels and Zak rendition of the same work.

Anthony Goldstone shows us that his compositional and arrangement skills are the equal to his pianistic ones. He has arranged Mozart’s Adagio and Rondo, K. 617, for two pianos from its original instrumentation of glass harmonica, flute, oboe, viola and cello. He also has realised a complete two-piano sonata (in B flat) from sketches by Mozart. No less an authority than HC Robbins Landon has called it “very cleverly done”. The disc also includes a solo piano sonata (5 in G) with a second piano part by Grieg.

The greatest and best known work here is the Two-Piano Sonata in D. I never tire of it, and the performance can only be described as sparkling. Excellent sound and interesting booklet notes round off a very enjoyable release.

—Harrington