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Paraphrases, transcriptions and variations on operatic themes for piano solo. Some well known pieces here and some very rare pieces, all stunningly performed and the most wonderful programme of delights. Be sure also to check out Anthony Goldstone's companion CDs The Piano at the Ballet (DDA25073) and The Piano at the Carnival (DDA25076)

" Played with real charm. Of all the CDs I've heard of these virtuoso showpieces based on other music this is one of the best ... a great pianist." - Rob Cowan (BBC Radio 3, 16 June 2008)

Also available is a totally different set of transcriptions played by Andrew Wright:
The Operatic Pianist (DDA25113)


AUDIO SAMPLE: Beginning of "Soirée de Vienne" by Grünfeld on themes from Die Fledermaus 






Concert Paraphrase on Verdi's Rigoletto
Reminiscences of Bellini's Norma
Gluck, arr. Sgambati:
Melodie from dance of the Blessed Spirits (Orfeo ed Euridice)
Variations, op. 2, on 'La ci darem' from Mozart's Don Giovanni
Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. Rachmaninov:
The Bumble Bee, from Tsar Saltan
Ramble on the last love duet in Der Rosenkavalier
Busoni :
Chamber Fantasy on Bizet's Carmen
Wagner, arr. Liszt:
Isoldes Liebestod, from Tristan und Isolde
Fantasy on 'The Last Rose of Summer'
Soirée de Vienne, op. 56 - Concert Paraphrase on Waltz Motives from Der Fledermaus


review extracts: for full reviews click here
“This disc is a pure delight from start to finish... it should be one of the piano highlights of the year. [A] hugely enjoyable disc which is jam packed at just 30 seconds less than 80 minutes long... with the glorious virtuosity of Anthony Goldstone to round off that perfect experience. This is truly an essential purchase for lovers of good operatic and piano music.” – Gerald Fenech (ClassicalNet)

“His playing is effortless. At the same time it is never glib – he must work very hard indeed to play this series of finger-busters. This is how this repertory should be played. Bravo, Anthony Goldstone!” – Raymond S. Tuttle (International Record Review)

“Anthony Goldstone has been at the forefront of imaginative recital and recording programming for many years. The real bon-bon of the collection is Grünfeld's Soirée de Vienne; sheer delight from beginning to end! Lovely music to end a brilliant recording. Anthony Goldstone has produced a gem of a disc with glorious melodies lovingly adorned by both composers and pianist. The sound is just right for my taste and the notes (by Goldstone) are rich in both information and enthusiasm.” – David Hackbridge Johnson (MusicWeb)

“ Tony Goldstone rejoices in these cascading miniatures as gloriously inventive and musically satisfying pieces in their own right... played like this one would think them to be bona fide masterpieces. An outstanding collection performed with exemplary grace and style.” – Julian Haylock (International Piano)

“Several [of the pieces], rarely heard, are especially welcome in Goldstone's most musical hands. None are played as mere virtuoso vehicles, though he certainly does not lack the technical ability to wow an audience. A most likable and satisfying recital. Goldstone knows how to get to the heart of everything he plays, writes his own entertaining notes, and enjoys excellent sound.” – Becker (American Record Guide)

“Some stunning paraphrases, transcriptions and variations... absorbing flights of fancy. Goldstone is in typically impeccable form throughout” – Kevin Bryan (UK Regional Press)
“ a dandy solo piano set in which Goldstone serves up a tasty tour de force where he doesn't just take a spin through a handful of opera classics, he puts his own spin to them as well. Goldstone proves he can play anything with such absolute mastery, subtlety and style... a great talent on top of his stride”  - Chris Spector (MidWest Record)
“Anthony Goldstone delights us with A Night at the Opera. This is entertaining stuff. Virtuoso playing is provided by Goldstone” – Peter Spaull (Liverpool Daily Post)
[Goldstone's] talent is evident. I would heartily recommend this CD to lovers of piano music in general and of opera melodies in particular. Snatch this one up right quick!” - Frank Behrens (New England Regional Press)
“In splendidly assertive sound there can be no mistaking the grand manner. Goldstone delivers some superbly judged shadowy-misty textures [in the Busoni] – a miracle pulled off with consummate and evidently natural skill. The Chopin shines in poised finery. The effect is completed with de luxe production values for the whole package.” – Rob Barnett (Musicweb)
“It is puzzling why he does not enjoy a higher public profile. Goldstone's accounts generally stand up well to the competition – a buoyant Rigoletto paraphrase, for example, and a keenly detailed and dramatic Carmen Chamber Fantasy. [A] generously filled disc accompanied by the pianist's own excellent booklet.” – Jeremy Nicholas (Gramophone)