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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 24 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)

Souvenir des Ardennes 'Mazurka de salon', RO243
1846; published in New York in 1860; alternative title: Les Ardennes

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Lying in the south of Belgium, the picturesque Ardennes region is one of deep valleys, high forests, historic cities and medieval castles. Perhaps Gottschalk visited there, but the music’s title as stated in some catalogues is not Souvenir des Ardennes, but simply Ardennes Mazurka. It is a relatively simple and effective piece that combines Chopin’s Paris-refined Polish dance with the piquancy of Louis Moreau’s harmonies. The key is A major with a brief section in D major, its delicate charm ruptured by the final unexpected dynamic markings.

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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