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Scheherazade, Capriccio Espagnol and Neopolitan Song.

From OLYMPIA we have an unusual selection of works for two pianos: Scheherazade, Capriccio Espagnol and Neapolitan Song by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (OCD 630). The pianists are Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow (Mr. and Mrs. Goldstone when off the performing platform) and the transcription of these brilliant orchestral pieces was by the composer himself who knew how well two pianos could present his music to audiences. The Goldstones' high reputation as a piano duet will only be increased by their outstanding performance on this recording. Some will feel that the same pair's performance of another OLYMPIA release, Antonio Soler.' Six Concertos for Two Keyboard Instruments (OCD 636), while technically as good, is not quite as successful. It is one thing to transcribe late nineteenth century Russian romantic scores and another to do the same with eighteenth century Spanish music originally scored for two 'obbligato organs'. The producers, however, make out a very good argument that, in the event, the original performances would have been for one organ and one piano and that this recording has only carried the argument a step forward.
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Author:Paterson, Anthony
Publication:Contemporary Review
Article Type:Sound Recording Review
Date:Dec 1, 1997
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