New Classics

Anthony Goldstone was born in Liverpool and studied with Derrick Wyndham at the Royal Manchester College of Music then in London with the great Maria Curcio, making him a sixth-generation pupil of Beethoven (Maria Curcio was a favourite pupil of Schnabel). His career has included many acclaimed broadcasts and recordings, and on this CD he shows both his virtuosity and musicianship in ten works with a distinctly Romany theme. Music is one of the ways in which gypsies have traditionally made a living, playing and singing in typically passionate and uninhibited style and inspiring many mainstream composers. There are four world première recordings here and three exciting arrangements by the performer, resulting a sparkling display of the highest quality. The works are by Kodály (Dances from Galánta), Haydn (Gypsy Rondo, with cadenza by Schubert), Liszt (Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6), Busoni (Chamber Fantasy on Bizet’s Carmen), Brahms (Hungarian Dance Nos. 11 & 2), Dohnányi (Rhapsody in F sharp minor), Falla (Fantasia Baetica), Holmés (Rêverie Tzigane) and Enescu (Romanian Rhapsody No. 1). This appealing, accessible music is played by a musician at the top of his form.

—John Pitt