Musical Opinion

The husband and wife team of Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow have been recognised as among the most popular and versatile piano duo over many years. Goldstone himself has an impressive reputation as a solo pianist, again with a constant fascination into neglected and rarely heard music of quality. The Divine Art CD of Unheard Mozart on dda25051 is a particularly interesting example.

Gershwin’s admiration for Ravel is well known and an excellent excuse for bringing these two composers together in both original and arranged music. The Rhapsody in Blue, for example, was first scored for four hands, though the first performance was given with instrumental scoring by Paul Whiteman’s arranger Ferde Grofé. This performance is packed with poetic exuberance and well worth the cost of the CD in its own right. However, the other Gershwin pieces, the Cuban Overture and the Variations on I Got Rhythm, offer new facets of Gershwin enhanced by the variety available for four hands.

Ravel’s Mother Goose, here in what is the first recording in Roger Nichols’ corrected edition for Peters, is a delight and played with an enormous sense of imagery. Boléro, of course, cries out for Ravel’s superb orchestration. However, if listened to in this version there is much to enjoy in the development of the great climax. Nevertheless I must admit to being enchanted by Anthony Goldstone’s arrangement of the delightful Fascination.

—Denby Richards