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Track(s) taken from CDA67478
Recording details: December 2003
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 2004
Total duration: 4 minutes 29 seconds

'Even the most devoted of Gottschalk's admirers will make some arresting discoveries among the less familiar works here … those who have enjoyed the series so far will want to add this disc to their collections, too' (International Record Review)

'Gottschalk is never abstruse or merely technical, but it is obvious from the elegance of his writing that he was a wonderful pianist. He is still underestimated, I think—as a composer, too. I can listen to his music for hours, and I don't feel that way about much piano music. The piano sound is simply wonderful—Hyperion manages to convey an individual instrument's personality in piano recordings' (Fanfare, USA)

The water sprite 'Polka de salon', RO296 Op 27
1851/3; published in Philadelphia in 1853; alternative title: La naļade

Introduction  EnglishFranēaisDeutsch
This glittering polka is one of many Gottschalk works which finds the right hand being brillante, grazioso and leggiere [sic] at the top end of the piano. In fact, almost the entire piece is written to be played ‘8va’ (an octave above the written notation).

Gottschalk wrote it after a morosely unsuccessful spring tour in 1853 in which his appearances had been upstaged by the prior arrival on the circuit of Adelina Patti; her sister, the soprano Amalia Strakosch; the boy-wonder violinist Paul Julien; and Lola Montez, the dancer and celebrated seducer of Liszt and Ludwig II of Bavaria. After the tour disbanded in Philadelphia at the end of June, Gottschalk was commissioned to write three works for immediate publication. The Water Sprite was among them, composed while staying with his cousins at the resort of Cape May, New Jersey. It is dedicated to a ‘Miss Mary J. Smith of Philadelphia’, one of Gottschalk’s countless conquests.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2004

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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