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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: 3 minutes 29 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)

Le songe d'une nuit d'été 'Caprice élégant', RO240 Op 9
1850; published in Paris in 1850; after Thomas

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The Midsummer Night’s Dream of the French opera composer Ambroise Thomas was first produced in Paris at the Opéra-Comique on 20 April 1850. It was rated highly in its day as one of the liveliest and best of the series of opéras comiques that Thomas wrote in the 1850s and early 1860s, before his greatest triumphs, Mignon (1866) and Hamlet (1868). Despite its title, Le songe d’une nuit d’été does not concern the characters of Shakespeare’s play, but is about the playwright himself—a sort of ‘Shakespeare in Love’—and includes appearances from Elizabeth I, Falstaff and Shakespeare. The French bass Hypolite Belhomme (1854–1923), a friend of Thomas, recorded an aria from it in 1906. Gottschalk, too, was a friend of Thomas and his delicate (G major) treatment of one of the opera’s arias must have been composed contemporaneously; it was his earliest published foray into the realm of operatic transcription. (Gottschalk’s fantasy La Chasse du jeune Henri, Op 10, based on Méhul’s opera Le Jeune Henri, though composed a year earlier in 1849, did not appear until 1851.)

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2000

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