The Piano at the Carnival


Catalogue No: DDA 25076
EAN/UPC: 809730507625
Composers: , , , , ,
Release Date: September 2009
Genres: ,
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 76:31

Carnival is a concept of public merry making enjoyed in many countries and a natural inspiration for composers. In the second of his trilogy of piano music related to public entertainments Anthony Goldstone again excels in musicianship in a superb programme which includes the first recording of the entirety of Khachaturian’s Masquerade Suite in the piano version.

Be sure also to check out Anthony Goldstone’s companion CDs The Piano at the Ballet, vol. 1 (DDA25073), The Piano at the Ballet, vol. 2DDA 25148 and A Night at the Opera (DDA25067).

Track Listing

    Aram Khachaturian:

  1. I. Masquerade Suite − Waltz (3:59)
  2. II. Masquerade Suite − Nocturne (3:29)
  3. III. Masquerade Suite − Mazurka (2:43)
  4. IV. Masquerade Suite − Romance (3:21)
  5. V. Masquerade Suite − Galop (2:39)
  6. Robert Schumann:

  7. I. Carnaval, op. 9 − Preambule (2:15)
  8. II. Carnaval, op. 9 − Pierrot (1:44)
  9. III. Carnaval, op. 9 − Arlequin (1:02)
  10. IV. Carnaval, op. 9 − Valse Noble (1:45)
  11. V. Carnaval, op. 9 − Eusebius (1:55)
  12. VI. Carnaval, op. 9 − Florestan (0:51)
  13. VII. Carnaval, op. 9 − Coquette (1:35)
  14. VIII. Carnaval, op. 9 − Replique (0:47)
  15. IX. Carnaval, op. 9 − Papillons (0:49)
  16. X. Carnaval, op. 9 − AQSCH-SCHA Lettres Dansantes (0:46)
  17. XI. Carnaval, op. 9 − Chiarina (1:30)
  18. XII. Carnaval, op. 9 − Chopin (1:05)
  19. XIII. Carnaval, op. 9 − Estrella (0:32)
  20. XIV. Carnaval, op. 9 − Reconnaissance (1:47)
  21. XV. Carnaval, op. 9 − Pantalon et Columbine (1:06)
  22. XVI. Carnaval, op. 9 − Valse allemande – Paganini (2:31)
  23. XVII. Carnaval, op. 9 − Aveu (1:15)
  24. XVIII. Carnaval, op. 9 − Promenade (2:34)
  25. XIX. Carnaval, op. 9 − Pause (0:18)
  26. XX. Carnaval, op. 9 − Marche des Davidsbundler contre les Philistins (3:53)
  27. Fryderyk Chopin:

  28. Souvenir de Paganini (Carnival of Venice) (3:14)
  29. Franz Liszt:

  30. Hungarian Rhapsody no. 9 (Carnival of Pesth) (11:42)
  31. Sydney Smith:

  32. Fantaisie brillante on Verdi’s “Un Ballo in Maschera” (5:08)
  33. Antonin Dvořák:

  34. Carnival Overture, op. 92 (10:16)


International Piano

A challenge that Anthony Goldstone rises to with exhilarating aplomb… athletically virtuoso outbursts… are thrown off with thrilling abandon. Gloriously uninhibited virtuoso pianism./.. just the right degree of excited intensity. Bravo!

” —Julian Haylock

This CD is truly a pleasure from first note to last and is the ideal successor to the sensational “A Night at the Opera” ( Divine Art DDA25067) which was so well received a few months back. With his unique style and deftly nimble fingerwork, Anthony Goldstone brings these works to life in an uncanny […]

” —Gerald Fenech

An ingenious programme combining the familiar with a clutch of novelties. There is no lack of flair or finesse in these performances. An enjoyable disc-with-a-difference complemented by the pianist’s own exemplary booklet.

” —Jeremy Nicholas

Anthony Goldstone is something of a miracle. He learns quickly and is willing to explore a wide and often untapped repertoire. Something of an unusual disc but nicely planned and shedding some fascinating insights on the whole idea of ‘mardi-gras’ for piano solo.

” —Gary Higginson
Liverpool Daily Post

A remarkable box of rare goodies is this, played with stunning virtuosity

” —Peter Spaull
Oz Arts Review

Goldstone is one of the most resourceful pianists currently before the public. He has done wonders… such gusto and brilliance…fine tonal light and shade… ebullient, admirably buoyant playing that marshals avalanches of notes with immense flair.

” —Neville Cohn
Musical Opinion

This is a most successful record. This is because Anthony Goldstone takes each piece entirely on its own merits. I am full of praise for his unusual juxtaposition of repertoire. This is a genuine recital programme, made more important… for containing three world première recordings. What is particularly impressive is that the really serious music here all receives excellent performances by this admirable artist. This is strongly recommended.

” —Robert Matthew-Walker

Inspired programming from Divine Art here. [The Khachaturian} is a marvelously managed transcription… well worth seeking out. [In Carnaval], Goldstone’s pianistic fluency serves him well… [his] fluid legato is a joy. Goldstone entertains still more in the Liszt… it is easy to revel in the sheer virtuosity of it all.

” —Colin Clarke
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