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Track(s) taken from CDA67536
Recording details: December 2004
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 2005
Total duration: 6 minutes 48 seconds

'Quite early in the 14-year period that covers these eight volumes the Dublin-born pianist matured into becoming the pre-eminent Gottschalk interpreter. He understands exactly his stylistic range, from the mellifluous Italianate melody of the salon to sheer virtuosity, but without any exaggeration' (Gramophone)

'These are sympathetic performances, glowingly recorded' (BBC Music Magazine)

'another neglected area of the 19th-century repertoire has been thoroughly explored and superbly championed by Martin' (The Guardian)

'Effective performance of this music requires striking a series of delicate balances: between the learned and the popular, between the progressive and the traditional, between the sensual and the self-conscious. And if you've been following this series, you'll know that no current Gottschalkian catches these special ambiguities more consistently than Philip Martin' (International Record Review)

'A beautifully produced disc that is impossible to play without smiling' (The Times)

'This is one of the great piano recordings of recent years. Not since the exquisitely chiseled, delicately nuanced playing of such past greats as Wilhelm Kempff, Stefan Askenase, and Walter Gieseking have I heard anything so hypnotically well performed. This release leaves no doubt that Martin is one of today's finest keyboard artists' (Fanfare, USA)

'Martin plays every piece with such conviction that value judgements on this music's qualities seem almost churlish … the recording itself is of the very highest standards with superb presence, as we expect from Hyperion' (International Piano)

Home, sweet home 'Caprice', RO117 Op 51
composer
? 1862; published in New York in 1864; alternative tilte: Charme du foyer; after H Bishop
composer
1862

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Henry Rowley Bishop (1786–1855), composer, conductor and the first musician to be honoured with a knighthood (1842), wrote this imperishable air in 1821. The title of the song was then ‘To the Home of My Childhood’ with words by Thomas Bayly, and it was composed as ‘a Sicilian air’ in order to complete a collection entitled Melodies of Various Nations. Bishop subsequently used the tune—and used it frequently—in his opera Clari or The Maid of Milan (1823), with its now familiar lyric by the American actor and playwright (latterly a diplomat) John Howard Payne (1791–1852). Gottschalk appears to have first played an arrangement of ‘Home, Sweet Home’ in Boston as early as 1853, though doubtless it differed from this final version published eleven years later. It is dedicated to ‘Madame Mary Eugénie Martin (née Curlett) of Baltimore’, one of whose daughters was, at the time, rumoured to be infatuated with Gottschalk. The right hand of the final variation is marked celeste. Gottschalk was still playing the work six months before his death. The Daily Alta California of 1 June 1865 reported that while playing it to an all-male audience of tough-looking miners, many broke down in sobs because the piece caused their minds ‘to wander back to the spot of their birth’.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2005

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'Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44451/8)
Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
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