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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 44 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)

Pensée poétique, RO194 Op 62
?1855; published in Rio de Janeiro in 1869; alternative title: L'extase; alternative opus number: Op 61

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
In January 1868, an epidemic of cholera broke out in Buenos Aires where Gottschalk had temporarily installed himself. He escaped to the small rural town of Las Conchas on the El Tigre river (about fifty miles north-west of the capital). The epidemic followed him and, living as he was in the most unhygienic and dangerous surroundings, suffering from boils on his arms and thighs as well as a tumour forming in one armpit, it comes as a surprise to find him producing any music, let alone something of such perfumed elegance. It is dedicated to ‘Mlle. Cara de la Montagnie Hall de New York’—a relation (?) or daughter (?) of Gottschalk’s publisher General Hall? The first section in F sharp minor, with a strikingly simple and sombre theme, gives way to a Chopinesque latter part in F sharp major. It was this Pensée poétique (not the earlier L’Extase of 1856, which has the subtitle ‘pensée poétique’) that was played on the organ at Gottschalk’s funeral mass in New York on 3 October 1870 (a ‘horribly macerated’ rendition according to one newspaper report).

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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