New Classics

Described by The New York Times as ‘a man whose nature was designed with pianos in mind’, Liverpool-born Anthony Goldstone is one of Britain’s most respected pianists. A sixth-generation pupil of Beethoven through his great teacher Maria Curcio, Goldstone was born in Liverpool and studied with Derrick Wyndham at the Royal Manchester College of Music and with Curcio in London. His career has taken him to six continents and the Last Night of the Proms (where he was much praised by Benjamin Britten) as well as many broadcasts and nearly seventy CDs. He is also one half of the brilliant piano duo Goldstone and Clemmow with his wife Caroline.

Volume three of the [new Russian Piano Music ]series, originally available on Olympia, features … Reinhold Gliere, who was born in Kiev and by 1913 had won fame both as a composer and conductor. For over twenty years from 1920 he was Professor of Composition at the Moscow Conservatory and was probably the greatest musical survivor of his time as well as being a highly respected teacher. The Preludes included here have memorable melodies ranging from the virtuosic to the intense to intimate and are considered to be the most important of Gliere’s solo piano pieces. Anthony Goldstone’s formidable playing on both discs is technically superb and articulate, revealing all the passion and colour in this little heard music.

—John Pitt