Goldstone & Clemmow Piano Duo

Franz Schubert: The Unauthorised Piano Duos, Vol. 3

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AllMusic Review by Blair Sanderson

The Goldstone & Clemmow Piano Duo has explored the music of Franz Schubert on two previous albums of arrangements for piano, four-hands, and this third installment on the Divine Art label continues the project. Where the first two volumes mostly covered short pieces that were arranged by Josef von Gahy, a friend of Schubert who sometimes performed with him at evening Schubertiades, and later produced his "unauthorized" transcriptions after the composer's death. In this third volume, the piano duo arrangement of the String Quartet in D minor, "Death and the Maiden," and the complete performing edition of the Symphony No. 8 in B minor, "Unfinished," make up the whole program. The former was arranged by Robert Franz, while the latter is a transcription by Anton Hüttenbrenner (movements I and II), Anthony Goldstone (Scherzo), and Friedrich Hermann and Goldstone (the Finale, for which the Entr'acte from Rosamunde has been adapted). Because "Death and the Maiden" is quite famous, and the completed symphony has become better known, there are no surprises here, just the curiosity of hearing these rarely played versions. Goldstone and his partner, Caroline Clemmow, are enthusiastic and energetic, and their playing is quite vigorous and propulsive, lending excitement to their performances. The recording is clean and clear in the most important details, but the piano seems a bit too far away from the microphone.

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