A Night at the Opera


Catalogue No: DDA 25067
EAN/UPC: 809730506727
Composers: , , , , , , , ,
Release Date: April 2008
Genres: ,
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 79:27

Paraphrases, transcriptions and variations on operatic themes for piano solo. Some well known pieces here and some very rare pieces, all stunningly performed and the most wonderful programme of delights. Be sure also to check out Anthony Goldstone’s companion CDs The Piano at the Ballet (DDA25073) and The Piano at the Carnival (DDA25076).

“Played with real charm. Of all the CDs I’ve heard of these virtuoso showpieces based on other music this is one of the best … a great pianist.” – Rob Cowan (BBC Radio 3, 16 June 2008)

Also available is a totally different set of transcriptions played by Andrew Wright: The Operatic Pianist (DDA 25113)

Track Listing

    Franz Liszt:

  1. Concert Paraphrase on Verdi’s Rigoletto (6:53)
  2. Christoph von Gluck:

  3. . Dance of the Blessed Spirits − Melodie (3:24)
  4. Fryderyk Chopin:

  5. I. Variations, op. 2, on “La ci darem” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni − Introduction (4:22)
  6. II. Variations, op. 2, on “La ci darem” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni − Theme and Variations 1-4 (6:05)
  7. III. Variations, op. 2, on “La ci darem” from Mozart’s Don Giovanni − Variation 5 “Alla Polacca” (6:30)
  8. Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov:

  9. . The Tale of Tsar Saltan − The Bumble Bee (1:10)
  10. Percy Grainger:

  11. Ramble on the Last Love Duet in Der Rosenkavalier (6:23)
  12. Franz Liszt:

  13. I. Reminiscences of Bellini’s Norma − 1 Tempo giusto, etc (8:09)
  14. II. Reminiscences of Bellini’s Norma − 2 Andante con agitazione, etc (8:55)
  15. Ferruccio Busoni:

  16. Chamber Fantasy on Bizet’s Carmen (7:56)
  17. Richard Wagner, arr. Franz Liszt:

  18. Isoldes Liebestod (6:57)
  19. Felix Mendelssohn:

  20. Fantasy on ‘The Last Rose of Summer’, op. 15 (6:52)
  21. Alfred Grunfeld:

  22. Soiree de Vienne, op. 56 (5:49)



In splendidly assertive sound there can be no mistaking the grand manner. Goldstone delivers some superbly judged shadowy-misty textures [in the Busoni] – a miracle pulled off with consummate and evidently natural skill. The Chopin shines in poised finery. The effect is completed with de luxe production values for the whole package

” —Rob Barnett
MusicWeb International

Anthony Goldstone has been at the forefront of imaginative recital and recording programming for many years. The real bon-bon of the collection is Grünfeld’s Soirée de Vienne; sheer delight from beginning to end! Lovely music to end a brilliant recording. Anthony Goldstone has produced a gem of a disc with glorious melodies lovingly adorned by both composers and pianist. The sound is just right for my taste and the notes (by Goldstone) are rich in both information and enthusiasm.

” —David Hackbridge Johnson
American Record Guide

Several [of the pieces], rarely heard, are especially welcome in Goldstone’s most musical hands. None are played as mere virtuoso vehicles, though he certainly does not lack the technical ability to wow an audience. A most likable and satisfying recital. Goldstone knows how to get to the heart of everything he plays, writes his own entertaining notes, and enjoys excellent sound.

” —Becker
International Piano

Tony Goldstone rejoices in these cascading miniatures as gloriously inventive and musically satisfying pieces in their own right… played like this one would think them to be bona fide masterpieces. An outstanding collection performed with exemplary grace and style.

” —Julian Haylock
UK Regional Press

Some stunning paraphrases, transcriptions and variations… absorbing flights of fancy. Goldstone is in typically impeccable form throughout

” —Kevin Bryan
Liverpool Daily Post

Anthony Goldstone delights us with A Night at the Opera. This is entertaining stuff. Virtuoso playing is provided by Goldstone

” —Peter Spaull
Midwest Record

a dandy solo piano set in which Goldstone serves up a tasty tour de force where he doesn’t just take a spin through a handful of opera classics, he puts his own spin to them as well. Goldstone proves he can play anything with such absolute mastery, subtlety and style… a great talent on top of his stride

” —Chris Spector
New England Regional Press

[Goldstone’s] talent is evident. I would heartily recommend this CD to lovers of piano music in general and of opera melodies in particular. Snatch this one up right quick!

” —Frank Behrens
Classical Net

This disc is a pure delight from start to finish… it should be one of the piano highlights of the year. [A] hugely enjoyable disc which is jam packed at just 30 seconds less than 80 minutes long… with the glorious virtuosity of Anthony Goldstone to round off that perfect experience. This is truly an essential purchase for lovers of good operatic and piano music.

” —Gerald Fenech
International Record Review

His playing is effortless. At the same time it is never glib – he must work very hard indeed to play this series of finger-busters. This is how this repertory should be played. Bravo, Anthony Goldstone!

” —Raymond S. Tuttle

It is puzzling why he does not enjoy a higher public profile. Goldstone’s accounts generally stand up well to the competition – a buoyant Rigoletto paraphrase, for example, and a keenly detailed and dramatic Carmen Chamber Fantasy. [A] generously filled disc accompanied by the pianist’s own excellent booklet.

” —Jeremy Nicholas