New England Regional Press

I am such an admirer of the duo piano recordings of Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow that I find myself playing their CD renditions of Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 4” or Grieg’s “Piano Concerto” more often than CDs with the fully orchestrated versions. I find I can appreciate the inner workings of the pieces much more when they are heard in piano redactions.

Their latest release on the Divine Art label is “The Jazz Age for piano duo.” The program includes Gershwin’s two-piano version of “An American in Paris” and Milhaud’s piano-duet version of “Le creation du monde.” Some of the other pieces needed no arrangements: Edward Burlingame Hill’s “Jazz Studies for two pianos,” Alexander Moyzes’ “Jazz Sonata for two pianos,” and selections from Mayas Seiber’s “Easy Dances for piano duet.”

The program ends with two gems: One is an arrangement by Louis Merkur of Hoagy Carmichael’s “Star Dust for two pianos.” This is a world premiere recording of this version. The second is Percy Grainger’s rearrangement of George Gershwin’s “Embraceable You.” What a treat!

The booklet has more information than most companies provide, and it is all in sensible and therefore legible black print on white pages.

Yes, I did find the title of the CD misleading but was delighted to see the actual works contained thereon. Much recommended to one and all.

—Frank Behrens