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Flamingoes (detail) (1907) by Henri Rousseau (1844-1910)
Track(s) taken from CDA66915
Recording details: June 1996
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: March 1997
Total duration: 5 minutes 20 seconds

'The pre-eminent Gottschalk interpreter of the 1980s and 1990s. Again the piano sound from the fastidious Hyperion team is absolutely flawless. Don't forget to buy the other two volumes' (Gramophone)

'Another distinguished addition to a most valuable cycle' (Fanfare, USA)

'Son interprétation explore ces pages souvent dépaysantes avec une vigeur rythmique et un souffle éblouissents' (Diapason, France)

Hercule 'Grande étude de concert', RO116 Op 88
composer
? 1869; published in Mainz in 1877

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
One of Gottschalk’s works published posthumously (this in 1879), Hercule is way beyond the realm of the amateur and requires, indeed, a Herculean pianist to play it at all. It is a prodigiously difficult work though the structure of the piece is simple enough: a jaunty little march tune (which will not leave your head for days) is subjected to different and increasingly difficult pianistic figures. The initial idea is stated over eight bars; thereafter it is extended to sixteen bars incorporating a wonderful ‘wrong-foot’ modulation from the tonic (B major) to D major and back again in time for the next variation, of which there are six in all. The third of these relies on triplets in thirds played by alternate hands, the fourth on huge crossed-hands chords, the sixth using the same device in triplets with alternate thumbs highlighting the melody.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1997

Other albums featuring this work
'Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44451/8)
Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
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