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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: 4 minutes 9 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)

L'étincelle 'Mazurka sentimentale', RO80 Op 20
? 1848/53; published in New York in 1854; alternative titles: La scintilla; The spark

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A characteristic rhythmic figure in the mazurkas of Chopin is a dotted quaver and semiquaver on the first beat of the (34) bar followed by two crotchets: Op 30 No 2 in D flat and Op 7 No 5 in B flat, for example. (The latter, it might be noted, is dedicated to ‘Monsieur Johns de Nouvelle Orléans’, a ‘distinguished amateur from New Orleans’ as Chopin described him when introducing him to Heller … so Louis Moreau was not, then, the first pianist from his home town to make an impression in Paris.) After an introduction of fourteen bars, Gottschalk’s gracefully playful theme emerges, a young man’s homage to the Polish master. E flat gives way to a central section in A flat before an octave repeat of the initial subject decorated with typical Gottschalkian étincelles in the upper reaches of the keyboard. La Scintilla was first published in New York in 1854.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2000

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