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RUSSIAN PIANO MUSIC, vol. 8 - MUSSORGSKY
ANTHONY GOLDSTONE

An individual and strongly gifted composer, Mussorgsky was a self-taught amateur who became one of Russia's foremost 19th century musical figures, tragically dying young. This CD contains 'alternative' versions of many pieces to those most commonly heard - including the manuscript version of 'Pictures' avoiding the many substantial errors contained in the first edition and perpetuated- and three even earlier drafts, together with unusual versions of some works. Once again Anthony Goldstone provides a phenomenal performance.

playing time: 78.15  
direct sale price:  £12.00
audio  sample:  Limoges - Le Marché (from Pictures from an Exhibition)
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tracks:
Hopak (Gopak) - earlier version
On the Southern Shore of the Crimea (Gurzuf)
Ein Kinderscherz (later version)
In the Village
From Memories of Childhood
(completed by A Goldstone)
Pictures from an Exhibition (manuscript version)
The Seamstress
Impromptu Passionné (later version)
Intermezzo in modo classico (later version)
Earlier variants from Pictures from an Exhibition: Gnomus, Baba-Yagá, The Bogatyr Gates in Kiev

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“Another fine and valuable addition to this excellent series. In every respect i[this CD] is up to the high standard of the earlier releases and matches them in the quality of the engineering, production, programming and above all the performance of pianist Anthony Goldstone. The consistent quality of his music making is both a wonder and a delight. A piano in superb condition evenly voiced... richly recorded with plenty of detail but set in a pleasing acoustic. The quality of the performance and presentation here is ideal. For a single disc survey I find it hard to believe the disc will be easily beaten.” – Nick Barnard (Music Web) A MUSIC WEB RECORDING OF THE YEAR 2011

“Divine Art move forward with their fine overview of Russian Piano Music. Anthony Goldstone is not just any pianist, and he still finds many new things to say within this old warhorse (“Pictures at an Exhibition”). Another fine addition to the series, which like its predecessors, does a good job of capturing the essence of the composer in one snapshot. It's like receiving a picture postcard from Russia.” – Jean-Yves Duperron (Classical Music Sentinel)

“[Divine Art] is lucky to have under contract pianist Anthony Goldstone. At last, a “Pictures” as the composer intended it. I must especially praise the program notes by the pianist for the detailed insight into the music. Mussorgsky piano music is played the way it should be.” – Frank Behrens (Brattleboro Reformer)

“Possibly the most important recording in Anthony Goldstone's series. There is no let-down ... an essential purchase for Mussorgsky enthusiasts. A worthy addition to an important series, strongly recommended.” – Peter Grahame Woolf (Musical Pointers)

For good value Goldstone give earlier versions of three representative ‘pictures'. In Goldstone's performance the ‘Great Gate' and its peal of bells have a massive solidity.” – Robert Anderson (Music and Vision)

“Goldstone's excellent series is dominated by the manuscript version of Mussorgsky's magnum opus for piano... [the composer's work has a] strikingly novel quality.” – Kevin Bryan (Halesowen News)