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SCHUBERT: "UNAUTHORISED" PIANO DUOS,
vol. 1

GOLDSTONE & CLEMMOW

Schubert did of course write a great deal of music for two pianists to play together, and Goldstone & Clemmow, Britain's top duo, have recorded all of it (on 7 CDs for Olympia Records - no longer available).
Almost unknown and certainly neglected are the brilliant transcriptions made by other composers of some of Schubert's masterpieces. These have been unearthed from various places and recorded for the first time. This is a groundbreaking performance which will be required by all lovers of Schubert and of piano music alike.

(ALL WORLD PREMIÈRE RECORDINGS except Polonaise)
Volume 2 now available on 25039
Anthony Goldstone plays Schubert solo piano music (including world premieres) - see 21202, 21203, 21204.

CD DURATION:  77:36

AUDIO SAMPLE: "Trout" Quintet - Scherzo (extract)





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tracks:
Quintet in A major, D. 667 ("Trout") arr. Joseph Czerný (piano duet)
Poldini: Study for Two Pianos on the Impromptu in E flat, D.899, no.2 (two pianos)
Overture to "Rosamunde", D.644, arr. Josef Hüttenbrenner (piano duet)
Polonaise in B flat, from D. 618a sketches, realised by Anthony Goldstone (piano duet)
Waltzes, arr. Sergei Prokofiev (two pianos)
Adagio from String Quintet in C, D. 956 arr. Hugo Ulrich (piano duet)
review extracts: for full reviews click here
“A bold move, justified by the performances…Goldstone & Clemmow play with unflagging brio and style…artistry and commitment. Schubert is a composer especially dear to [the pianists'] hearts, and this shines out of all their performances.An invaluable disc.” – Bryce Morrison (Gramophone)
“This is a fascinating disc. You won’t find such a collection anywhere else… historically informative and a must for fans of 18th and 19th century novelties.” – Chase Morrison (MusicWeb)
“a mind-blowing arrangement, for piano duet, of Schubert's Trout Quintet… the arrangement is not just incredibly faithful to the text, as it were, of The Trout, but encapsulates the spirit of the entire piece. Glorious performance, splendid recording … fascinating collection of arrangements”. Rating: ***** (top award) - Michael Tumelty (Glasgow Herald)
“…[a] fascinating disc, beautifully recorded and thoroughly recommended. The performance is a joy to hear and I am certain that Schubert would have approved…. another joint triumph for the Divine Art’s unique piano duo.” - Denby Richards (Musical Opinion)
“Most gorgeous and highly effective piano arrangements. These performances are a shining example of a superlative piano duo reaching great heights of musicality and spectacular effect. In the hands of this competent duo, the chamber works become impressive pianistic simulacrums of the highest quality. Highly recommended.”
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-“Hexameron”(Amazon.com)
“admirable playing… characterised by textural clarity, beautiful voicing and ensemble (and well projected in an excellently balanced recording… a finely conceived disc” – Crawford Howie (The Schubertian)
"Goldstone and Clemmow threaten to win over even the most ardent purist. The performances are crisp, the ensemble is sharp and the sound is clear and lively. A marvellous guilty pleasure" - T. Elizabeth Cason (Nineteenth Century Music Review)
“Czerny did a thoroughly professional job [on the Trout] – Poldini’s entertaining, over the top study … and Prokofiev’s piquant, glittering take on a sequence of waltzes… well worth hearing. Goldstone himself offers a skilful, sensitively harmonised realisation [of the D618a sketch]. Performances are always enjoyable.” – Richard Wigmore (BBC Music Magazine)
“….a lively appreciation of Schubert at work…The version of the Trout… makes changes which without being too interventionist, suggest a composer’s imagination at work. Goldstone’s idiomatic realization of the Polonaise… [is] a conjectural reconstruction, and a convincing one” – John Warrack (International Record Review)
"I write to thank you both for the great pleasure your recordings have given me. Your Schubert "Unauthorised Duos" is truly one of the most delightful of my 700+ CDs" - Mgr. A  Stark
“[the string quintet movement] has a certain coolness which I found makes you listen in a different way without the screwing up of tension and intensity with strings vibrato. Goldstone and his wife partner (they have recorded all the legitimate Schubert duos) love it, and so do I. The main attraction of that fascinating collection of "Unauthorised Piano Duos" of Schubert was a version of the Trout Quintet without strings at all which really makes you sit up and listen, and is my strongly recommended preference [over the new Hyperion Trout]” - Peter Grahame Woolf (Musical Pointers)