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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 56 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)

Forest glade polka 'Polka brillante', RO98 Op 25
1853; published in Philadelphia in 1853; alternative titles: Les follets; Le sentier dans la forêt

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
After the brilliant success of his New York debut in February 1853, and having rejected an offer from P T Barnum for a three-year exclusive contract, Gottschalk signed with another manager, an Irish-born singer and actor, William F Brough. His first engagements in his home town were triumphant, artistically and financially (it is interesting to note that while Gottschalk’s own music dominated his repertoire, he also offered New Orleans Weber’s Concertstück and two movements of Beethoven’s ‘Kreutzer Sonata’ [sic]). The following tour under Brough’s aegis was chaotic and poorly attended. Competition was fierce and two other touring attractions were stealing his thunder in the form of the eleven-year-old Adelina Patti and the famous courtesan, actress and dancer Lola Montez. The tour was disbanded in June in Philadelphia where Gottschalk sold two new compositions to the publisher J E Gould. One was the polka The Water Sprite, Op 27, the other the Forest Glade Polka (also published under the alternative title of Les Follets). It’s a sparkling salon crowd-pleaser, with many typical ‘octave above’ passages and tricky repeated-note triplets. The piece is dedicated to his lawyer cousin Leonard Myers (1827–1905) whom he had met for the first time only a few months previously in Philadelphia and who went on to become a member of Congress.

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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