Inspiration: Homage to Maria Curcio
Maria Curcio was one of the most influential and sought after piano teachers of the latter part of the 20th century including among her students such luminaries as Martha Argerich, Peter Frankl, Radu Lupu, and Mitsuko Uchida - and Anthony Goldstone. Following Curcio's death in 2009 at the age of 89, this is Goldstone's tribute to his mentor - a fine recital in its own right, and works all of which have a connection to her, in some way or other. This is the first ever recording of the lovely Waltzes composed by Artur Schnabel. As a bonus we include one of the very few surviving recordings made by Maria Curcio, where she accompanies Elisabeth Schwarzkopf in a Mozart aria - a performance first broadcast in 1957.
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Along with such familiar works as Liszt's arrangement of Schubert's 'Ave Maria', Schumann's 'Widmung' and Rossini's 'La danza', as well as Chopin's Polonaise in F sharp minor, Mozart's A Minor Rondo, KWV511, and Beethoven's Fantasie, Op. 77, we also get rarer but wonderful pieces like Alfredo Casella's 'Variations on a Chaconne', and Reger's 'Maria Wiegenlied'. And perhaps best of all, because this is a world première recording, we get Schnabel's Four Waltzes, Op. 15, No. 3. Most people who even know that Schnabel composed music think that it was all rather gnarly and atonal, but these waltzes are early works and are entirely lovely Viennese bonbons.
The disc concludes with a bit of Curcio herself playing, along with soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf singing, in Mozart's concert aria 'Ch'io mi scordi di te? ... Non temer, amato bene', recorded with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw under Otto Klemperer, recorded in 1957. Gorgeous.
Goldstone's playing is all one could ask for -- sensitive, well-shaped, feelingful and effortlessly virtuosic. He is playing a marvelous piano -- my hat is off to the piano technician -- that has warm middle and low tones and a brilliant upper treble, all recorded magnificently in clear lifelike sound in a warm aural environment.