Pizzicato

There are several piano transcriptions of Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov‘s ‘Scheherazade’, including this one by the composer himself. And even if the piano version cannot reflect the exotic and Oriental character in the same way as the orchestra, this reduction is still very attractive, especially when it is played as in this interpretation, which is a wonderful pianistic achievement, brilliant and colorful through the nuanced expression of the story, the transparency of the two parts, the sophisticated rhythms, fascinating mix of colors and the virtuosity of the duo. The British duo of Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow impresses with a great mastery and a total commitment not merely to demonstrate virtuosity but for the true music. Likewise for the Antar suite and the small song. All three works are equally eloquent and attractive.

In these transcriptions the playing of the outstanding British duo Goldstone and Clemmow is so good and refined, so brilliant and colorful, that we easily forget the lack of an orchestra. The music is superbly recorded and has an overwhelming sound power. *****

—Remy Franck