Sunday Times

This second of Goldstone’s two volumes of Tchaikovsky recensions is devoted to the ballets, and opens swishingly with a Concert Paraphrase on The Sleeping Beauty by the virtuoso Paul Pabst, whom Tchaikovsky admired. Odd that this showpiece — with its treble filigree like a tinkling icicle — hasn’t been previously recorded **. Two other items are disc premieres, too: Sleeping Beauty’s Act III, in Alexander Siloti’s authorised reduction, and the pas de trois from Act I of Swan Lake , in the transcription Nikolai Kashkin made at the composer’s request. Percy Grainger’s Paraphrase on the Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker is a tremendous evergreen.

—Paul Driver