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Exotic Landscape (1910) by Henri Rousseau (1844-1910)
Track(s) taken from CDA67118
Recording details: May 1999
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Release date: February 2000
Total duration: 2 minutes 42 seconds

'Immaculately delivered, recorded and presented in every way … every track is a delight. A joy to listen to' (Gramophone)

'Gottschalk's elegant sensuality has surely had its most gracious advocate in Philip Martin … this is Gottschalk playing at its most refined.' (International Record Review)

'Played with refinement and elegance' (Classic CD)

'The shining brilliance of Gottschalk is superbly captured by Martin’s wonderful pianism. This musician’s personality, intelligent, technically transparent, and subtly colored, matches those traits in Gottschalk with unerring sympathy. I can only join the chorus of critical praise for previous instalments in this series' (Fanfare, USA)

'Maintains the high standards of playing and recording that we have come to expect' (Hi-Fi News)

La moissonneuse 'Mazurka caractéristique', RO173 Op 8
1848/9; published in Paris in 1850

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Having wowed his sophisticated Parisian audiences with three Creole-inspired pieces (Bamboula, La Savane and Le Bananier; the fourth of this Louisiana quartet, Le Mancenillier, would follow in 1849), the nineteen-year-old Gottschalk set about producing some polished nods to Chopin before turning to the French countryside for inspiration. La Moissonneuse (‘The Reaper’) and La Glaneuse (‘The Gleaner’, now lost) reflected subjects that were popular with the French romantic painters of the time (though Millet’s famous picture of gleaners came eight years later). Gottschalk’s reaper is a playful Parisian, rather than a Pole, the mazurka peppered with scherzando, scintillante and brillante directions. It was one of three Gottschalk works which Bizet played as a child prodigy pianist. The key is A flat, save for an unexpected visit to B major towards the end and in the final bars. It was written in 1848 and dedicated to Gottschalk’s friend the Italian pianist Alfred Jaëll (who, coincidentally, emigrated to the USA the same year and whose wife Marie was the dedicatee of Saint-Saëns’s Étude en forme de Valse). La Moissonneuse was one of the pieces that Gottschalk included in his triumphant New York debut in February 1853.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2000

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