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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 54 seconds

Ossian 'Deux Ballades', RO187 Op 4
composer
? 1847/9; published in Paris in 1850

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The ‘Ossian’ ballad, said to be by Ossian, the semi-legendary Gaelic poet and warrior ‘discovered’ and ‘translated’ by the Scottish poet James Macpherson (1736–1796), was published to great acclaim in 1762. When asked to produce the originals, however, Macpherson was unable to do so and it seems that he himself wrote most of the fabled epic of Ossian. (Unsurprisingly, he became an MP and was buried, at his own request and expense, in Westminster Abbey.) These early works by Gottschalk take their inspiration from Ossian-Macpherson, and the two Ballades are prefaced with passages from the poem in French. The pseudo-Scottish element was another string in the young pianist-composer’s bow to set alongside his Creole-inspired works, opera fantasies and salon morceaux, and he soon added Le lai du dernier ménestrel and a Danse ossianique Op 12 (a re-working of his Polka de salon, Op 1).

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2000

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