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Described by The New York Times as “a man whose nature was designed with pianos in mind”, ANTHONY GOLDSTONE who died on January 2, 2017 after a battle with cancer, was 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 always regarded the classics and romantics as being at the heart of his repertoire; this is illustrated by two specific CD projects: a series of rare Russian Romantics - Rebikov, Lyapunov, Arensky and Glière - and a series of six CDs 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 continuing series solo CDs for Divine Art have ranged from Beethoven and Mozart to 20th century British composers (all with new completions and rarities) to transcriptions from ballet and opera, all of which have received the highest accolades.

International prizes in Munich and Vienna and a Gulbenkian Fellowship launched him on a busy schedule of recitals and concertos, of which he played 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 1976 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 was 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 wass pianist/director and which has performed works by over a hundred composers. Finally, he and his wife Caroline Clemmow comprised 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 and is being re-released by Divine art in 2017. 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,
“A musician with a sense of the grand manner, long lines unfolding without interruption, strongly hewn rhythms, warmth, a touch displaying the qualities of colour and cantabile, in addition to possessing a sure technique and real strength. An even greater impression was created by his astonishingly profound spiritual penetration.”

Goldstone’s completions and realisations of several works by Schubert and Mozart have been greeted with enthusiasm by musicologists and listeners alike.

COMPLETE DISCOGRAPHY (older items no longer in print):
1. divine art  CDs

Poulenc: Les Biches - ballet excerpts; Sauguet: Les Forains - ballet excerpts; Françaix: Serenade for Small Orchestra; Thiriet: L'Oeuf a la Coque - ballet excerpts; Asafiev: The Flames of Paris - Pas de Deux; Debussy: Printemps; Stravinsky: Pulcinella - ballet excerpts
  Divine Art dda 25148 (2017)

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
  Divine Art dda 25106 (2013)

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
  Divine Art dda 25100 (2011)

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)
  Divine Art dda 25093 (2012)

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
  Divine Art dda 25086 (2010)

Arensky: 12 Préludes, Op. 63; Essais sur des rythmes oubliés, Op. 28; 12 Études, Op. 74; Arabesques (Suite), op. 67; 3 Morceaux, Op. 42
  Divine Art dda 25085 (2010)

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
  Divine Art dda 25084 (2010)

Glière: 25 Préludes, Op. 30; 3 Mazurkas, Op. 29; 12 Esquisses, Op. 47
  Divine Art dda 25083 (2010)

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
  Divine Art dda 25081 (2009)

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);
Smith: Fantaisie Brillante on Verdi's Uun Ball in Maschera , op. 10; Dvorák: Carnival Overture, op. 82
  Divine Art dda 25076 (2009)

Tchaikovsky, arr. Goldstone: Pas de Deux from The Nutcracker; Weber: Invitation to the Dance; Falla: Ritual Fire Dance from El Amor Brujo; Minkus, arr. Lanchbery & Goldstone: Pas de Deux from Don Quixote; Mozart: Ballet Music from Ascanio in Alba; Joplin: Elite Syncopations; Tchaikovsky, arr. Goldstone: The Black Swan Pas de Deux from Swan Lake; Dohnányi: Adapation of the Waltz from Delibes' Naïla; Elgar: Echo's Dance from The Sanguine Fan; Tchaikovsky, arr, Goldstone: 'Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux' from Swan Lake' Chopin: Waltz in C sharp minor, Op. 64 No. 2, from Les Sylphides
  Divine Art dda 25073 (2010)

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); Chopin: Variations, op. 2, on 'La ci darem' from Mozart's Don Giovanni; Rimsky-Korsakov, arr. Rachmaninov: The Bumble Bee, from Tsar Saltan; Grainger: Ramble on the last love duet in Der Rosenkavalier; Busoni: Chamber Fantasy on Bizet's Carmen; Wagner, arr. Liszt: Isoldes Liebestod, from Tristan und Isolde; Mendelssohn: Fantasy on 'The Last Rose of Summer'; Grünfeld: Soirée de Vienne, op. 56 - Concert Paraphrase on Waltz Motives from Der Fledermaus
Divine Art dda 25067 (2008)

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.
   Divine Art dda 25051 (2007)

Bridge: Dramatic Fantasia; Gargoyle; Ireland: Ballade of London Nights; Britten: Five Walztes; A Little Idyll; Night Piece (Notturno); Berkeley: Six Preludes, Op. 23; Stevenson: Sonatina Serenissima; Matthews: Five Studies.
   Diversions ddv 24118 (2006)

Whettam: Night Music (with other works)
  Divine Art dda 25038 (2006)

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
  Divine Art dda 25033 (2005)

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
   Divine Art dda 25029 (2004)

Hedges: Piano Sonata, op.53 (with other works played by C. Clemmow)
   Divine Art dda 25024 (2003)

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);
   Divine Art dda 21204 (2003)

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
   Divine Art dda 21203 (2001)

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;
   Divine Art dda 21202 (2001)

2. other labels:

Alkan: Deuxième Concert da Camera in C# minor (with the Morhange Ensemble)
   Symposium 1062 (1992)

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).
   Amphion PHICD 123 (1993) cass PHI123

Arensky: Essais sur des rythmes oubliés, op.28; 3 Morceaux, op.42; 12 Preludes, op.63; Arabesques (suite), op.67; 12 Études, op. 74
   Olympia OCD 692 (2001) nla - now reissued as divine art dda 25085 - see above

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
   Albany TROY 183 (1995)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto no.4 in G, op.58 (with RPO/Del Mar)
   BBC BBCRD 9110 (1995)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto no.4 in G, op.58 (finale only)(with RPO/Del Mar) with other works
   BBC BBCM 5004-2 (1999)

Beethoven: Piano Concerto no.4 in G, op.58 (with RPO/Del Mar)
   BBC NAD 002 (1997)

Beethoven: 3 Piano Quartets, WoO 36 (with Cummings String Trio)
   Meridian CDE 84098 (1986) cass: KE 77098 (1985)

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)
   private LP/cass. recording (1986)

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
    Oryx LP BRL 55 (c.1972)

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);
   Oryx LP BRL 56 (c.1972)

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
   Oryx LP BRL 57 (c.1972)

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.
   Cobbe Fndtn./National Trust MRCD 94001 (1994)

Glière: 3 Mazurkas, op.29; 25 Preludes, op.30; 12 Esquisses, op.47
   Olympia OCD 711 (2002) nla - now reissued on divine art dda25083 - see above

Herzogenberg: Variations on the Minuet from Mozart's Don Giovanni, op.58;  Capriccio, Op. 107
   Toccata Classics TOCC 0010 (2005) (also includes music for four hands played by Goldstone & Clemmow)

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;
   Chandos CHAN 9382 (1995)

Holst: Quintet in A minor, op.3; Jacob: Sextet in B flat, op.6 (with members of Elysian Wind Quintet)
   Chandos CHAN 9077  (1992)

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
   Olympia OCD 688 (2000) - nla - now reissued as divine art dda 25084 - see above

Mendelssohn: Violin Sonata in F (1820); Violin Sonata in F minor, op.4; Violin Sonata in F minor (1838) (with Yossi Zivoni)
   Meridian CDE 84229; cass. KE 77229 (1993)

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
   Amphion PHICD 125 (1993)

Moyzes: Piano Sonata in E minor, op.2; Divertimento, op.11; Brigand Rhapsody, op.52; Two Studies in the Form of Prelude and Fugue;
   Olympia OCD 346 (1996)

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.
   Albany TROY 132 (1994)

Pitfield: Piano Concerto no. 1 (1947) (with the Royal Northern College of Music Orchestra/Andrew Penny)
   Naxos 8.557291 (2005)

Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (with Bedfordshire County Youth Orchestra/Michael Rose)
   Private issue LP AMFMS 121 (1977)

Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals (with Ian Brown - piano 2, members of the RPO, Arwel Hughes)
   Enigma LP VAR 1047 (1977)

Schubert: Wanderer-Fantasie, D. 760; 6 Moments Musicaux, D. 780
   Oryx LP BRL 49 (c1972)

Schumann: Toccata, op.7; Carnaval, op.9; Arabeske, op.18; Fantasiestücke, op.111;
   Oryx LP BRL 60 (c1972)

Sibelius: Piano Quintet in G minor (with Gabrieli String Quartet)
  Chandos CHAN 8742 (1989)

anthony goldstone
CD details: see also Goldstone & Clemmow

DDA 21202 Schubert Piano Masterworks 1

DDA 21203 Schubert Piano Masterworks 2

DDA 21204 Schubert Piano Masterworks 3

DDV 24118 Britten: Resonances

DDA 25029 Beethoven Piano Music

DDA 25033 Tzigane

DDA 25051 Unheard Mozart

DDA 25067 A Night at the Opera

DDA 25073 The Piano at the Ballet

DDA 25076 The Piano at the Carnival

DDA 25081 Vladimir Rebikov piano music

DDA 25083 Reinhold Glière piano music

DDA 25084 Sergei Lyapunov piano music

DDA 25085 Anton Arensky piano music

DDA 25086 Inspiration

DDA 25093 Tchaikovsky Transcriptions, vol. 1

DDA 25100 Mussorgsky piano music

DDA 25106 Tchaikovsky Transcriptions, vol. 2

DDA 25148 The Piano at the Ballet, vol. 2