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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: 2 minutes 46 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)

La gallina 'Danse cubaine', RO100 Op 53
1859/63; published in New York in 1865; alternative title: The hen; arr. pf solo C Wachtmann published in New York in 1869

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
In November 1859, Gottschalk embarked for Havana, which would be his base for the next three years. La Gallina (‘The Hen’) is one of a number of exuberant Cuban-inspired pieces from this time, among them Ojos criollos, Souvenir de Havane, Réponds-moi and Pasquinade. These works—quintessential Gottschalk—contain many features that anticipate ragtime and jazz by half a century. Of La Gallina, with its wittily clucking main subject, unresolved sevenths and minor-ninth chords, critic Harold Schonberg felt that the effect is ‘highly Ivesian, even though Charles Ives had as yet not been born’. La Gallina is dedicated to another of Gottschalk’s myriad female admirers, a certain Mademoiselle August Reichel.

(Note: The New Grove and Offergeld list a four-hand version of La Gallina as the original version, while an arrangement for solo piano by Wachtmann, published in Mainz in 1868, is listed as RO101; Hall of New York make no mention of any arranger in their 1869 issue as played here.)

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
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