New England Regional Press

When the piano developed to the point at which composers like Franz Liszt set out to make it “sing,” keyboard transcriptions of opera arias and ensembles became popular. Thirteen examples of this genre are included on a Divine Art CD with pianist Anthony Goldstone doing them justice.

There are arrangements by Liszt of tunes from “Rigoletto,” by Chopin from “Don Giovanni,” by Grainger from “Rosenkavalier,” by Busoni from “Carmen,” and so on. Goldstone has appeared on several Divine Arts recordings with Caroline Clemmow playing piano transcriptions of symphonies and tone poems. Here he is a soloist and his talent is evident.

A 16-page booklet gives information about each piece, as well as about the artist. 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