American Record Guide

The British pianist Anthony Goldstone has an affinity for Schubert; with his wife Caroline Clemmow, he has recorded the complete four-hand works, and here he offers a number of the solo pieces. At first I thought his performances were rather blunt and unfeeling, and I still think that’s the case, but the more I listened the more I was impressed by his sound technique, linear clarity and solid musical structures. He misses some things –for instance, others make more of the question-and-answer passages in Impromptu no.1 and probe more deeply into the underlying pathos of the Adagio of Sonata in B-flat – but his sincere and straightforward performances are rewarding on their own terms.