Described by The New York Times as “a man whose nature was designed with pianos in mind”, ANTHONY GOLDSTONE is recognised as one of Britain’s most respected pianists, a judgment confirmed when the BBC issued his performance of Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto at the London Promenade Concerts in their CD series “Radio Classics”. Born in Liverpool he studied at the Royal Manchester College of Music (which later honoured him with a Fellowship) where his piano professor was Derrick Wyndham, and later in London with Maria Curcio, one of Schnabel’s greatest pupils - which incidentally makes him a sixth-generation pupil of Beethoven. Inspired by this wonderful heritage Goldstone has always regarded the classics and romantics as being at the heart of his repertoire; this is illustrated by two past CD projects: a series on the Olympia label of rare Russian Romantics - Lyapunov, Arensky and Glière, and a series of six CDs on the Divine Art label devoted to the major solo works of Schubert: “Goldstone is a native speaker of Schubert in the highest degree. This is perhaps the greatest version of the work [Sonata, D. 959] I have ever encountered, either live or on disc.” - Fanfare, USA. His two most recent solo CDs for Divine Art are of favourite Beethoven works, but typically including a world first - Moscheles’s transcription of the overture to Fidelio: “absolutely compelling” - Musical Opinion, and “Tzigane”, a treasury of Gypsy-inspired music: “Don’t miss” - Classic FM Magazine.
International prizes in Munich and Vienna and a Gulbenkian Fellowship
launched him on a busy schedule of recitals and concertos, of which he plays eighty.
His travels have taken in concert appearances in Europe, North and South
America, Asia, Africa and Australasia, prestigious festival invitations and very
many broadcasts. Numerous London appearances have included important solo
recitals and Promenade Concerts, notably the Last Night, after which Benjamin
Britten wrote to him, “Thank you most sincerely for that brilliant performance of my Diversions. I wish I could have been at the Royal Albert Hall to join in the
Complementary to the mainstream repertoire is his avid interest in exploring intriguing musical byways - not only unknown works by acknowledged masters, leading to première recordings and performances of Elgar (the Enigma Variations in Elgar’s own piano solo version on Elgar’s own piano), Parry (the Sonatas etc. on Parry’s own piano), Sibelius, Bruch, Franck, Mendelssohn, Holst etc., but also unjustly neglected nineteenth-century composers such as Goetz, Herzogenberg, Alkan and Moscheles. He founded the ensemble The Musicians of the Royal Exchange of which he is pianist/director and which has performed works by over a hundred composers. Finally, he and his wife Caroline Clemmow comprise a prominent piano duo whose recordings, broadcasts and concert appearances receive wide praise from public and critics alike. Their acclaimed seven-CD cycle of the complete original four-hand music of Schubert, including works not found in the collected edition, is probably a world first. When it is appropriate Goldstone introduces the music he plays informally and informatively, considering the rapport he creates with his audience to be of major importance.
Following a recital containing Schubert’s Wanderer-Fantasie and Beethoven’s Diabelli-Variations, Die Presse of Vienna wrote of him,
Goldstone’s completions and realisations of several works by Schubert and Mozart have been greeted with enthusiasm by musicologists and listeners alike.
COMPLETE DISCOGRAPHY: (see also Goldstone & Clemmow list)
1. divine art CDs:
Tchaikovsky (trans. Siloti): The Sleeping Beauty, Act III; Tchaikovsky (trans. Kashkin): Swan Lake Pas de Trois; Pabst: Concert Paraphrase on The Sleeping Beauty; Grainger: Paraphrase on Waltz of the Flowers
Mussorsgky: Pictures from an Exhibition (manuscript version with additional alternative versions); Hopak (earlier version); On the Southern Shore of Crimea (Gurzuf); Ein Kinderscherz (laeter version); From Memories of Childhood - Nurse and I / First Punishment; In the Village; The Seamstress; Impromptu Passionné; Intermezzo in modo classico
Tchaikovsky: Marche slave, Op. 31; Potpourri on Themes from 'The Voyevoda' ; Theme and Variations from Orchestral Suite No. 3 in G major, Op.55 (transcribed Lippold/Goldstone); Serenade for String Orchestra in C major, Op. 48 (transcribed Lippold/Goldstone)
Schubert, arr. Liszt: Ave Maria; Rossini, arr. Liszt: La danza (Tarantella Napolitana); Villa-Lobos: Choro no 5 (Alma Brasileira); Casella: Variations on a Chaconne, Op. 3; Schnabel: Walzer, Op. 15 No. 3; Mozart: Rondo in A minor, K. 51; Beethoven: Fantasie, Op. 77; Chopin: Polonaise in F sharp minor, Op. 44; Reger: Marias Wiegenlied, Op. 76 No. 52; Schumann, aarr. Liszt: Widmung, Op. 25 No. 1
Arensky: 12 Préludes, Op. 63; Essais sur des rythmes oubliés, Op. 28; 12 Études, Op. 74; Arabesques (Suite), op. 67; 3 Morceaux, Op. 42
Lyapunov: Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 27; Barcarolle in G sharp minor, Op. 46; Variations on a Georgian Theme, Op. 60; Fêtes de Noël, Op. 41; Nocturne in D flat major, Op. 8; Mazurka No. 8 in G minor, Op. 36
Glière: 25 Préludes, Op. 30; 3 Mazurkas, Op. 29; 12 Esquisses, Op. 47
Rebikov: Les démons s'amusent (from Op. 15); Les géants dansent (from Op. 27); Feulles d'automne, Op. 29; Une fête, Op. 38; Chansons blanches, op. 48; Esclavage et liberté, op. 22; Two Episodes from 'Yolka', Op. 21; Trois idylles, Op. 50; Scènes bucoliques, Op. 28; Tableaux pour enfants, Op. 37; Parmi eux, Op. 35
Khachaturian, arr. Dolukhanian: Masquerade Suite; Schumann: Carnaval, op. 9; Chopin: Souvenir de Paganini (Carnival of Venice); Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 9 (The Carnival of Pesth);
Liszt: Concert Paraphrase on Verdi's Rigoletto; Reminiscences of Bellini's Norma; Gluck, arr. Sgambati: Melodie from dance of the Blessed Spirits (Orfeo ed Euridice);
Mozart (completed & realised by Goldstone): Piano Sonata in C major; Minuet in D major; Allegro in B flat major, K. 400 ; Sarabande from Suite K. 399; Gigue in C minor; Sonata movement in C major, K. deest; Fantasie in D minor, D. 397; Piano Sonata in G minor.
Ballade of London Nights; Britten:
A Little Idyll; Night Piece (Notturno); Berkeley:
Six Preludes, Op. 23; Stevenson:
Sonatina Serenissima; Matthews:
Whettam: Night Music (with other works)
Kodály (arr , Goldstone): Dances of Galánta; Haydn (arr. Goldstone): Gypsy Rondo (Rondo all' ongarese from Trio in G, Hob XV/25; Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody no. 6; Busoni: Chamber Fantasy on Bizet's Carmen; Brahms (arr. Goldstone): Hungarian Dance no. 11; Brahms: Hungarian Dance no. 2; Dohnányi: Rhapsody in F sharp minor, Op.11 no. 2; Falla: Fantasia Baetica; Holmès: Rêverie Tzigane; Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody no. 1
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C sharp minor ("Moonlight"), Piano Sonata in C minor, ("Pathétique"), Piano Sonata in F minor ("Appassionata"), Variations on "God Save the King", Fidelio Overture
Hedges: Piano Sonata, op.53 (with other works)
Schubert: 17 Ländler, D.366; “Diabelli” variation, D. 718; Piano Sonata in C (Reliquie), D. 840 (completed by A Goldstone); Piano Sonata in A minor, D. 845; Piano Sonata in D, D.850; 4 Impromptus, D. 899; Allegretto in C minor, D. 900 (Completed by A Goldstone);
Schubert: 2 Scherzi, D. 593; Adagio in E, D. 612; 6 Moments Musicaux, D. 780; 3 Klavierstücke, D. 946; Piano Sonata in A, D. 959; Piano Sonata in C minor, D. 958; 12 Valses Nobles, D. 969
Schubert: Piano Sonata in A, D. 664; Wanderer-Fantasie, D. 760; Piano Sonata in G, D. 894; Allegretto in C minor, D. 915; 4 impromptus, D. 935; Piano Sonata in B flat, D. 960;
2. other labels:
Alkan: Deuxième Concert da Camera in C# minor (with the Morhange Ensemble)
Alkan: Prelude “J’étais endormie”, op.31 no.13; Beethoven: Für Elise, WoO 59; Brahms: Hungarian Dance no.5 in F# minor; Chopin: Grand Valse Brillante in A flat, op.34, no.1; Coleridge-Taylor: 24 Negro Melodies, op.59 - no.10 Deep River; Daquin: Le Coucou; Debussy: Suite Bergamasque no.3 - Claire de Lune; Gershwin: Prelude no.1; Gluck: Dance of the Blessed Spirits & Melodie (from Orpheus et Euridice); Gottschalk: Le Bananier, op.5; Granados: Goyescas, part 1, no.4 - the Maiden and the Nightingale; Grieg: In Ola Vale, In Ola Lake (Norwegian Popular Melodies, op.66, no.14); Joplin: Elite Syncopations; Liszt: Années de Pèlerinage (1e année)- no 7 (Eclogue); Lyadov: A Musical Snuff-box, op.32; MacDowell: To a Wild Rose (Woodland Sketches, op.51 - book 1, no.1); Mendelssohn: Songs without Words, book 4, op.53 - no.5 Volkslied; Mozart: Minuet in D, K.355; Rossini: Petite Caprice à la Offenbach; Schubert: Impromptu in A flat, D. 899, no.4; Schumann: Träumerei (Kinderszenen, op.15, no.7); Scriabin: Étude in D# minor, op.8, no.12; Tchaikovsky: November - Troika (The Seasons, op.37, no.11).
Arensky: Essais sur des rythmes oubliés, op.28; 3 Morceaux, op.42; 12 Preludes, op.63; Arabesques (suite), op.67; 12 Études, op. 74
Baines: Paradise Gardens; Balfe: Come into the Garden, Maude; Chopin: Prelude in G flat, op.25,no.9; Debussy: Estampes no. 3 - Jardins sous la pluie; Joplin: Gladiolus Rag; MacDowell: To a Water Lily (Woodland Sketches, op.51 - book 2, no.1); Massanet: Deux Impressions - no.1 (Eau Dormante); Mendelssohn: Fantasy on the Last Rose of Summer, op.15; Rimsky-Korsakov: The Flight of the Bumble Bee; Sinding: Rustle of Spring (6 Pieces, op.32, no.3
Beethoven: Piano Concerto no.4 in G, op.58 (with RPO/Del Mar)
Beethoven: Piano Concerto no.4 in G, op.58 (finale only)(with RPO/Del Mar) with other works
Beethoven: Piano Concerto no.4 in G, op.58 (with RPO/Del Mar)
Beethoven: 3 Piano Quartets, WoO 36 (with Cummings String Trio)
Brahms: Ziguenerlieder, op.103, nos 1-5; Britten: The ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard; Coleman (arr.): Deck the Halls; Ding Dong Merrily on High; (with London Chorale/Coleman)
Chopin: Mazurka in B flat, op.7 no.1; Nocturne in E flat, op.9, no2; Nocturne in F minor, op.15, no.2; Ballade no.1 in G minor, op.23; Mazurka in E minor, op.41, no.2; Nocturne in C minor, op.48, no.1; Polonaise in A flat, op.53; Berceuse, op.57; Mazurka in F# minor, op.59, no.3; Fantaisie-Impromptu in C# minor. Op.66; Mazurka in C, op.68,no.1; Nocturne in C# minor, op.posth
Chopin: Préludes, op.28, nos.3,6,7,10,15,20,21,23,24; Scherzo no.2 in A flat, op.31; Piano Sonata no.2 in B flat minor, op.35 (Funeral March);
Chopin: Études,op.10, no.3 in E & no. 12 in C minor; op.25, no.9 in G flat; Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise brillante, op.22; Polonaise in A, op.40, no.1; Ballade no.4 in F minor, op.52; 2 Valses, op.64; Valse in A flat, op.69, no.1; Valse in G flat, op.70, no.1
Elgar: “Enigma” variations, op.36 - both original and final versions; Dream Children, op.43; Presto; Rosemary “That’s for Remembrance”; Griffinesque; In Smyrna; Sonatina; May Song; Idylle; Skizze; Echo’s Dance (from The Sanguine Fan); Carissima; Adieu.
Glière: 3 Mazurkas, op.29; 25 Preludes, op.30; 12 Esquisses, op.47
Herzogenberg: Variations on the Minuet from Mozart's Don Giovanni, op.58; Capriccio, Op. 107
Holst: Arpeggio Study; Deux Pièces; Toccata; A Piece for Yvonne; Chrissemas Day in the Morning; Two Folk Song Fragments; Nocturne; Jig; Lambert: Sonata; Elegy; Elegiac Blues;
Holst: Quintet in A minor, op.3; Jacob: Sextet in B flat, op.6 (with members of Elysian Wind Quintet)
Lyapunov: Nocturne in D flat, op.8; Piano Sonata in F minor, op.27; Mazurka in G minor, op.36; Fêtes de Noël, op.41; Barcarolle in G# minor, op.46; Variations on a Georgian Theme, op.60
Mendelssohn: Violin Sonata in F (1820); Violin Sonata in F minor, op.4; Violin Sonata in F minor (1838) (with Yossi Zivoni)
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
Moyzes: Piano Sonata in E minor, op.2; Divertimento, op.11; Brigand Rhapsody, op.52; Two Studies in the Form of Prelude and Fugue;
Parry: Piano Sonata no. 1 in F; Piano Sonata no.2 in A minor/major; Theme and Nineteen Variations; Charakterbilder (Seven Ages of Mind); Adagissimo.
Pitfield: Piano Concerto no. 1 (1947) (with the Royal Northern College of Music Orchestra/Andrew Penny)
Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (with Bedfordshire County Youth Orchestra/Michael Rose)
Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals (with Ian Brown - piano 2, members of the RPO, Arwel Hughes)
Schubert: Wanderer-Fantasie, D. 760; 6 Moments Musicaux, D. 780
Schumann: Toccata, op.7; Carnaval, op.9; Arabeske, op.18; Fantasiestücke, op.111;
Sibelius: Piano Quintet in G minor (with Gabrieli String Quartet)