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THE JAZZ AGE for piano duo
GOLDSTONE & CLEMMOW

Above all other periods, the 'roaring' 1920s were possibly the years of greatest carefree feeling in British society; America too, to an extent despite the Prohibition and limitations on personal freedom. The new dance crazes, from the foxtrot to the Charleston, Black Bottom and tango, together with the ever increasing popularity of jazz and blues idioms which created the 'hot dance' number, created a golden era in light music, which was eagerly taken up by 'serious' composers; here we have a parade of gems - major works from Gershwin and Milhaud, to miniatures full of fun. Exquisitely performed as ever by Britain's top duo.

CD DURATION:  70:43  

AUDIO SAMPLE: Jazz Studies for two pianos (1922) by E B Hill - no. 1




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tracks:
GEORGE GERSHWIN:
An American in Paris (arr. Gershwin for 2 pianos)
Embraceable You (arr. Whitney/Grainger)
DARIUS MILHAUD:
La création du monde (arr. Milhaud piano duet)
EDWARD BURLINGAME HILL:
Jazz Studies for Two Pianos
ALEXANDER MOYZES:
Jazz Sonata, Op. 14
MÁTYÁS SEIBER:
selection from Easy Dances
HOAGY CARMICHAEL:
Star Dust (arr. Merkur)

review extracts: for full reviews click here
"All sorts of unusual things... particularly impressive... a delightful new record" - Rob Cowan (BBC Radio 3)

“What an excellent idea, and what fine execution. And not only these two qualities, but a third one too – real listening pleasure. This is a sparkling and vivacious disc, marvellously played.” – Jonathan Woolf (MusicWeb)

“I am such an admirer of the duo piano recordings of Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow. What a treat! [I] was delighted to see the works contained [on this CD]. Much recommended to one and all” – Frank Behrens (New England Regional Press)
“Jaunty jazzy studies and sonatas get a new lease of life in this engaging selection... all great fun.” – Stephen Pritchard (The Guardian)

“It is easy to recommend this unique disc that shows the widespread ... influence of jazz on world music, and that contains several world premiere recordings. For many the Milhaud alone would make it worth acquiring.” – Michael Ullman (Fanfare)

“Some super pleaser material but a varied program... listening that takes you back a century or so ... but sounds modern as well. Expertly played and a gasser to listen to. Well done.” – Chris Spector (Mid West Record)
“Confident... rewarding listening” – Roger Thomas (Jazz UK)

“The performances by [Anthony] Goldstone and his wife, Caroline Clemmow, are absolutely “right” in terms of rhythmic feeling and musical nuance. Yet more importantly, this recording says a lot—but not all—about the early cross-pollination of classical music and jazz, a crossbreed that flourished sporadically, almost spastically, one might say, over the next century. The particular arrangements [of the last two items] are highly inventive and sparkling. Overall, a highly recommended disc.” - Lynn René Bayley (Fanfare)

“Maybe the first two-piano album devoted to jazzy-sounding works. The... works are of great interest, and the special arrangements that close out the program are a total delight.” – John Sunier (Audiophile Audition)

“Hugely enjoyable” - New Classics