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TCHAIKOVSKY: Rare transcriptions and paraphrases, vol. 2

In this superb album Anthony Goldstone performs exquisite versions of music from Tchaikovsky's three major ballets, The Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, and Swan Lake. These are the first ever recordings of the superb transcriptions by Kashkin and Siloti.

Volume 1 (Orchestral and opera transcriptions): dda 25093
“A revelation from start to finish ... the piano version of [Marche slave] is a staggering conception. Renditions are imbued with a high dose of exciting pianism but the lyrical quality of the music is dealt with gentle finesse and subtle expressiveness. Sound and Balance are first-rate.” – Gerald Fenech (Classical Net)


AUDIO SAMPLE: Sleeping Beauty: Red Riding Hood and The Wolf (arr. Alexander Siloti)






Paul Pabst:
Concert Paraphrase on 'The Sleeping Beauty'
Alexander Siloti:
The Sleeping Beauty, Act III
Percy Grainger:
Paraphrase on Waltz of the Flowers
Nikolai Kashkin:
Swan Lake, Act I Pas de trois

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“The great secret of the tireless missionary work of pianist Anthony Goldstone is magically [to] draw us into the detail of the music Great pianism and insight.. a glorious disc.” – Michael Tumelty (Glasgow Herald)

[Goldstone] evokes, both in his magisterial performances and exemplary accompanying essay, an age of outsize virtuosity... formidable command and eloquence ... you will find yourself irresistibly swept forward by such relish and exhilaration. No doubting his conviction in such daunting and specialised repertoire” – Bryce Morrison (Gramophone)

"These resourceful piano transcriptions from Tchaikovsky's three ballets by Pabst, Kashkin, Grainger and Siloti nonetheless sound very attractive. Goldstone performs them with great fluency and charm." - BBC Music Magazine

“I am a great admirer of Goldstone's art. Aside from the technical skill to perform these hugely demanding scores he displays real musical sympathy with the inherent style of this music and more importantly still an ability to communicate that sympathy both in the playing of the notes and the insight and interest of the programme notes he supplies. The skill of transcriber and performer are never in doubt ... [a] compellingly enjoyable disc. The rest of the “package” - liner-notes, recording and general presentation are first class. The piano sound as recorded is bright and full, detailed but not oppressively so. A disc of real quality and one bound to give great pleasure to all - guilty or otherwise.” -  Nick Barnard  (MusicWeb)

“This is quite a find – if you love Tchaikovsky do not hesitate. Above all Goldstone is a master pianist, not only technically, but also catching the true spirit of such wonderful music. Well recorded with a lovely tone. Finally, the notes written by Goldstone are excellent.” – Gerry Miller (Epoch Times)

“This second of Goldstone's two volumes opens swishingly. Two ... items are disc premieres... Grainger's paraphrase is a tremendous evergreen.” – Paul Driver (The Sunday Times)
“As melodist extraordinaire Tchaikovsky's writing lends itself particularly well to these entertainment-transcriptions, with the next memorable tune arriving before the music even has time to think about lulling... a spectacle of breathtaking pianism and exquisite detail. Goldstone's modesty is disarming, whilst his technique and ear for the poetic phrase and dramatic flourish are almost second to none. Sound quality is excellent. In fact, the only bad thing about this disc is that it is officially the last one in the series.” - Byzantion (MusicWeb)

“It is wonderful how Goldstone holds the structure [of Pabst's Sleeping Beauty paraphrase] together so well. Beautifully crisp playing [in the Siloti piece] ... the lovely little coda played to perfection. The performance [of the Grainger work] is an absolute triumph. Some pretty dexterous notes played brilliantly. With an excellent recording and informative booklet notes, lovers of Tchaikovsky and Russian music in general will want this disc.” – The Classical Reviewer

“Tchaikovsky asked friends and colleagues of his to make these transcriptions and without exception they are wonderful. You couldn't do better than getting this disc by Anthony Goldstone... he has made a number of terrific recordings.” – Scott Morrison (Amazon)

“Brilliantly played ... generously filled disc. Goldstone's comprehensive and highly articulate booklet note is a model of its kind.” – Michael Round (International Record Review)

“I've found Anthony Goldstone's recordings to be consistently delightful. He's one of those modest virtuosos who can play anything. Goldstone, without ever sounding glib or insensitive to the limitations of actual dancers, glides through this wonderful glittering music triumphantly... hearing a pianist of Goldstone's calibre conquer such technical difficulties so genially can't fail to bring pleasure. This is a fun release – how could it be otherwise, given Tchaikovsky's melodies and Goldstone's impressive playing?” – Raymond Tuttle (Fanfare)