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Track(s) taken from CDA66697
Recording details: October 1993
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: June 1994
Total duration: 6 minutes 49 seconds

'I can't imagine an aficionado of 19th-century piano music who wouldn't want Martin's two recordings… I hope we don't have to wait another three years for the next step in what is turning into an exceptional series' (Fanfare, USA)

'Martin's flair comes through flamboyantly in these virtuosic pieces … the ideal advocate for his music' (Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Ireland)

La savane 'Ballade créole', RO232 Op 3
composer
? 1847/9; published in Paris in 1849

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The key of this lament (‘con malinconia’ instructs Gottschalk) is appropriately sombre E flat minor. After a recitativo introduction, the melody, which could pass for a minor-key variation on Bobby Shaftoe but is actually a Louisiana folk song known as Lolotte or Pov’ piti Lolotte, proceeds with knell-like tolling in the bass, invested with increasingly lavish treatment, until the sparse coda. The final fff arpeggio flourish, at odds with the rest of the piece, looks suspiciously like applause-garnering.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1994

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