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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 8 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)

Ricordati 'Nocturne, méditation', RO227 Op 26
? 1856; published in New York in 1857; alternative titles: Yearning; Romance

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
‘At the time of my first return from Europe,’ wrote Gottschalk in his Notes of a Pianist in December 1864, ‘ I was constantly deploring the want of public interest for pieces purely sentimental; the public listened with indifference; in order to interest it, it became necessary to astound it; grand movements, tours de force, and noise had alone the privilege in piano music, not of pleasing, but of making it patient with it.’ Notwithstanding his own aversion to such popular tear-jerkers as The Maiden’s Prayer, Home, Sweet Home, Old Folks at Home and the like (‘trashy sentimental pieces which … threaten to obliterate the last vestiges of the pure and serious art which the great masters bequeathed us’ was his verdict), Gottschalk clearly believed that his own contributions to the genre were of a different order. The Last Hope, The Dying Poet and this dangerously saccharine romance (which the composer referred to as ‘a dreamy character and full of pathos’) are part of a long and continuing tradition of unashamedly maudlin morceaux which the general public take to their hearts.

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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