Anthony Goldstone obituary

The pianist Anthony Goldstone, who has died aged 72, was a regular broadcaster and prolific recording artist, making more than 80 CDs in a wide-ranging repertoire. His interests included British music, the classics and lesser-known works by composers such as Saint-Saëns, Heinrich von Herzogenberg and Ernő Dohnányi – byways he explored with relish and conscientiousness.

He also delighted in excavating unpublished or unfinished pieces which he would complete himself and record. A disc of Mozart, for example, featured a number of works left unfinished at the composer’s death – including a D minor Fantasy and a Präludium in C – fragments which were reconstructed and completed with skill and sensitivity.

With his wife, Caroline Clemmow, he brought a similarly industrious approach to the piano duet repertoire. They formed their duo in 1984, married in 1989 and in concerts that took them all over the world played The Planets in Holst’s original two-piano version, works by Britten, the six double concertos of Antonio Soler and much more. Many of these works were also recorded, and a particular landmark was a complete cycle of Schubert’s four-hand music, issued by Olympia in 1999.

Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow performing Alexander Moyzes’ Jazz Sonata for Two Pianos

Notwithstanding their familiarity with the recording studio – they would habitually release two or three CDs a year – Goldstone and Clemmow also brought a popular touch to their concerts, offering informal spoken introductions to the music. Goldstone was also the director and pianist of the Musicians of the Royal Exchange, which he founded in 1978.

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