Glasgow Herald

The great secret of the tireless missionary work of pianist Anthony Goldstone, in frequent duet partnership alongside his wife Caroline Clemmow, is not that these visionaries have given us an alternative view of Tchaikovsky through myriad transcriptions they have championed and recorded, but, magically, they draw us into the detail of the music, even stripped of its orchestral livery. Goldstone, in an earlier volume, demonstrated the approach with the operas.

Now, with great pianism and insight, he does the same with a range of transcriptions and paraphrases from the ballets. It’s a glorious disc, featuring Act 3 of The Sleeping Beauty, a paraphrase on the ballet, along with other paraphrases and various by other composers. Is this for purists and specialists? I don’t think so. For all? Could be, if people could get over this “transcription is a lesser thing” prejudice.

—Michael Tumelty