Anthony Goldstone

Unheard Mozart

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Unheard Mozart...For the purists out there whose eyebrows are already raised so high that they're on top of your scalp, you may wish to stop right now. For the intrepid, we shall continue. Pianist/composer/educator Anthony Goldstone has taken a smattering of Mozart fragments for piano and, depending on their length, either realized them, completed them, or, in some cases, composed nearly entirely new movements. This practice is certainly not unheard of, particularly with Mozart. The most famous example of this is course the Requiem, which was completed shortly after his death. In the Requiem, however, Mozart wrote a substantial amount of the music himself, and it was completed by a contemporary. In this instance, Goldstone sometimes creates entire movements (such as the middle movement of the F major Sonata) out of as little as four bars of original material. The validity and appropriateness of such a practice will of course be determined by individual listeners, but there's still a question as to how Mozartian Goldstone's works sound. If it were possible to put the genie back in the bottle, it would be interesting to listen to this album with no knowledge of its origins and attempt to guess the composer. It is unlikely many would guess Mozart. At best, many of the realizations and completions sound much more like Schubert than Mozart. Still, this album is certainly good for providing fuel for debate among purists, and the short fragments actually composed by Mozart are certainly welcome.

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