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Locations can be magical in many ways - musically they can be exotic, inspired by a holiday taken by the composer, expressions of a culture or of nature; here, special places range from England (Britten's Aldeburgh) to Siberia to North Africa. These evocative symphonic poems for piano duet all express some fascination with locale which have excited a composer and brought about these exquisite and Romantic pieces.


AUDIO SAMPLE: Lyadov - The Enchanted Lake (extract) 






Modest Mussorgsky:
Night on Bald Mountain
Hugo Alfvén:
Midsummer Vigil (Swedish Rhapsody No. 1)
Jacques Ibert:
Anatoly Lyadov:
The Enchanted Lake
Benjamin Britten:
Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
John Ireland:
The Forgotten Rite

review extracts: for full reviews click here
‘Another revelatory recording for Divine Art ... a brilliant disc.” – Michael Tumelty (The Herald, Scotland)

“Playing of astonishing brilliance from Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow ... Britain's premiere piano duo. It is because of the sensitivity and brilliance of Goldstone & Clemmow's playing that these transcriptions work so well in their new guise. This is a beautifully produced disc with excellent notes by Anthony Goldstone which I thoroughly recommend.” – “The Classical Reviewer”

“These two pianists shape and mold the piano transcriptions so well as to deliver interpretations that are just as effective [as the orchestral originals]. Not even a smidgen of the essence of these pieces is lost in the transcriptions, mostly due to the emotive edge these two musicians bring to the table.” – Jean-Yves Duperron (Classical Music Sentinel)

“Another disc of the highest quality from the brilliant piano duet team... superb and often rare music, played with great technical accomplishment and musical insight. They're very well recorded and presented with liner notes as informative as they are entertaining. The music-making is of the very highest order. Powerful and compelling ... brilliantly executed CD. All in all another fascinating exploratory exploration of the rich repertorie ... a superb anthology.” – Nick Barnard (MusicWeb)

“ During this ethnographic concert the harmonies, rhythms, colors and beguiling associations are unmistakably Russian, Swedish, French/Mediterranean and English. Throughout their hour and ten minute musical travelogue, Goldstone and Clemmow's ebullience, respect for these composers and technical flair is inescapable. – Howard Smith (Music and Vision)

“Terrific performances ... A nicely judged programme that is superbly played and recorded with clarity.” – Guy RIckards (International Piano)

“A delightfully eclectic mix of styles and genres. Passages of brilliance to be savoured at every turn, offset by a pursuit of colour and ambience. The recording ... is of a very high quality.” – Mark Tanner (International Record Review)

“I am forever praising CDs from Divine Art that feature the dual piano team of Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow. I hope for a second series that will take us to other countries overlooked in this collection. But until then I advise that my readers give this Divine Art disc a try.” – Frank Behrens (Art Times Journal)

“The music needs excellent musicians dedicated to their cause, and luckily that's exactly what's on offer here. A stimulating disc, with excellent booklet notes by Anthony Goldstone.” – Colin Clarke (Fanfare)