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Hyperion Records

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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 19 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)

Ses yeux 'Polka de concert', RO235 Op 66
1865; piano four hands
circa 1872; Mainz

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
One of his happiest creations, Ses Yeux is quintessential Gottschalk. It might be a celebration of the end of the Civil War, ‘dashing and relentlessly optimistic’ as Richard Jackson observes in the introduction to his valuable selection of Gottschalk’s music (Dover Publications, 1973). The penultimate section (con bravura) could easily be a march by Sousa.

Originally written for two pianos, the solo version that Philip Martin plays here is by Gottschalk’s friend, the Brazilian pianist and publisher Arthur Napoleão. On four occasions, in order to accommodate the figurations in the second piano part, Napoleão introduces a third hand at the top of the keyboard with the instruction: ‘to play it like the arranger, double the number of notes, playing four [demisemiquavers] instead of two [semiquavers], and change alternate hands every four notes’. Rather than this circus act, Philip Martin has remained with the published score, overdubbing the additional line himself.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2005

Other albums featuring this work
'Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44451/8)
Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
MP3 £35.00FLAC £35.00ALAC £35.00Buy by post £38.50 CDS44451/8  8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
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