V 4: Russian Piano Music Serie
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Our series continues with one of the lesser known figures of 20th century Russian music - and some wonderful music which is brilliantly constructed. This is high Romantic music at its very best; a sumptuous Sonata, and several more pieces which can be considered equal to the established repertoire and is truly among the most virtuosic and rich music ever written.
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A native Liverpudlian, Anthony Goldstone is a extremely competent British musician who’s built up over the years a very distinctive and eminently respectable discography (including many recordings made with his piano-duo partner Caroline Clemmow).
Goldstone is a Schubert authority; he has also exercised his expertise in the work of other eastern European--particularly Russian--composers.
This year 2000 Lyapunov recital was originally issued the same year on the now defunct English Olympia label, here reissued on Divine Art, 2010.
Goldstone’s programme here is very nice in presenting Laypunov’s terrific f-minor Sonata as well as some significant klavierstüke in other orthodox forms (nocturne, mazurka, barcarolle, theme-and-variations). Also included are the delightful Christmas tableaux, les Fêtes de Noël.
Perhaps in keeping with a pointedly masculine vigour of personality, Goldstone’s realizations here are clear, sharp, and marginally brisk in comparison with Schechter’s 1990 readings on Marco Polo, or even Kolly’s 2001 recital on Novalis (both regrettably OOP).
Comprehensive liner-notes by Goldstone himself.