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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: 5 minutes 49 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)

Fantôme de bonheur 'Illusions perdues, caprice', RO94 Op 36
composer
? 1859; published in Paris in 1861

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
This is the second of the two pieces dedicated to Julian Fontana (see La Gitanella). C sharp minor is the key, ‘andante malinconio’ the marking for this forlorn utterance in which Gottschalk’s high spirits and optimism have thoroughly deserted him. Replying on 4 July 1860 to a letter from Fontana he wrote: ‘Your thoughts on the inferior music and vulgar, prosaic style of most pianists are exactly the same ones I have myself felt for a long time without daring to express them. Chopin’s music has often made me cry while at the same time consoling me during the too frequent hours of melancholy experienced by artists who have the boundless misfortune of not having been born cobblers or molasses merchants’.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2000

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