International Piano

New piano duet CDs are two a penny at the moment. This Goldstone-Clemmow Scheherazade is actually a reissue from 1990: playing and synchronisation are technically immaculate and interpretation happily recalls that of orchestral performances. A few features we miss were deliberately left out of the arrangement, Rimsky’s own. The less well-known Antar , Rimsky’s much-revised second symphony (arranged here by the composer’s wife), is a new performance: even deprived of orchestral colour, Goldstone and Clemmow maintain the interest in a piece that can seem over-repetitive. The third piece on the disc is a most entertaining reworking of Denza’s tune Funiculì, Funiculà , a potential encore-piece that duet recitalists should seek out without delay.
4 stars (out of five)

—Michael Round