dda 25028       A MENDELSSOHN WORLD PREMIÈRE
 
   
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SYMPHONIES FOR FOUR HANDS
GOLDSTONE & CLEMMOW (piano duet)

DVOŘÁK: "New World" Symphony
MENDELSSOHN: "Scottish" Symphony
both in the composers' own four-hand versions
     

There are hundreds of works which have been arranged for piano duet, many quite mediocre. But there are some magnificent works, including those selected by Goldstone & Clemmow, Britain's top duo. The two symphonies on this disc are such examples, both having been written by the composers as original versions and not as an afterthought. We believe that this is the first recording of the "Scottish" Symphony in this version.

CD DURATION:  71:38

AUDIO SAMPLE: Mendelssohn Scottish Symphony - 2nd mvt (opening)




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This CD contains:
Dvořák: Symphony no. 9 ("From the New World")
Mendelssohn: Symphony no. 3 ("Scottish")

See also CD 25020 which includes the piano duet version of Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony
review extracts: for full reviews click here
“So good are these performances that I quite forgot I was listening to totally familiar works in an unusual setting. In the case of the Dvorák, I am sure there is evidence here that the composer was, far from being the poor writer for piano of popular myth, a true master of his medium, so well does the work develop…this New World will take a great deal of beating. It is simply that good.” - Dvorak Society Newsletter
“Both symphonies are given the most satisfactory performances which are full of life, verve and great sensitivity… the sound and presentation is good... You should acquire this disc even if you only play it once. It is a real joy. Recommended. One does not have to say more. The disc recommends itself.” - MusicWeb
“Fine, immaculately balanced and paced performances” – Malcolm Hayes (Classic FM)
“Goldstone and Clemmow are alive to the spirit of the music, showing admirable poise, and easy momentum and a wide range of colour... This is highly rewarding duet playing. I like, too, the recording, which offers a welcome feeling of space between listener and instrument without seeming distanced or vague.” – Stephen Pettitt (International Record Review)
“The performance is a colossal display of pianism and musicality… they are brilliant and electrically-charged piano performances of two great symphonic works. Try them.”
××××× - “Hexameron” (Amazon.com)

“Marvellous recording ... wonderful performances ... great transcriptions ... beautiful natural piano sound.” – Alan Watkins (Narkive)

“The program notes give fine background information about both works in this piano format. For myself, having heard both of these works in the more familiar orchestral versions very often indeed, I find this recording a breath of fresh air. It is like hearing them both for the first time. Grab a copy”- Frank Behrens (Eagle Times – USA)
"Of all the many recordings in my collection, this has for me to be one of the finest.” –JEB, Rotherham