The Guardian

This is a rather odd, unconvincing collection. Of the four works for piano Anthony Goldstone plays here, only one – the Potpourri on themes from his early opera The Voyevoda – is actually the creation of Tchaikovsky himself, though even that was published under the pseudonym of H Cramer; the others are arrangements made after the composer’s death. The version of the Marche Slave, attributed to H Hanke, appeared as early as 1904. Meanwhile, Goldstone himself had a hand in the other two – though how much he has revised the transcriptions of the large-scale Theme and Variations that ends the Orchestral Suite No 3 in G and the well-known Serenade for Strings (both originally made by one Max Lippold, who died in 1934), isn’t made clear. Goldstone plays them all with great fluency and panache, if without quite the range of keyboard colour that such virtuoso vehicles really need. Sometimes it’s all a bit effortful, without ever demonstrating that the effort is quite worthwhile enough.

—Andrew Clements