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Piotr Ilyitch Tchaikovsky

For Four Hands

  • Symphony #4 in F minor, Op. 36
  • Roméo and Juliet
  • Sixteen from Fifty Russian Folk Songs
Anthony Goldstone & Caroline Clemmow, piano
Divine Art 25020 DDD
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Obviously, most music lovers are familiar with this symphony, one of the most magnificent Tchaikovskian creations but this arrangement for four hands will strike you like a bomb!

Goldstone and Clemmow play the Taneyev arrangement to the manner born and they also manage to bring a subtle intimacy to the music that is really wonderful. The wonderful Andante takes on an almost Chopinesque like harmony whilst the rambunctious Finale is an astonishing 'tour-de-force'.

The 'Roméo and Juliet' is, if anything, more successful than the symphony with its wonderful melodies and dashing dialogue between the two pianists. I was completely taken aback by the intricacy of Mme Rimsky-Korsakoff's arrangement; maybe we could now have the Schéhérazade on two pianos please?

Divine Art's pristine presentation, copious notes and a stunning recording is certainly a combination for a winner. Lovers of piano music and such fantastic arrangements alike cannot fail to garner huge enjoyment out of this superb disc.

Copyright © 2007, Gerald Fenech