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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 6 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)

Reflets du passť 'RÍverie', RO223 Op 28
? 1853; published in New York in 1857

Introduction  EnglishFranÁaisDeutsch
This berceuse with its central gentle habanera, though hugely indebted to Chopin, finds Gottschalk at his reflective best. Inspired by some lines of Victor Hugo (‘Dans ce monde de mensonges / Moi j’aimerai mes douleurs / Si mes rêves sont tes songes / Si mes larmes sont tes pleurs’), a first version of Reflets du passé was composed in 1847 but has since been lost. This second version from nearly a decade later was published as No 3 of a projected series of twelve ballades entitled Rayons et Ombres. The title page tells us that No 1 is called La Sérénade (which I have been unable to identify) while No 2 is Ricordati. What the other nine pieces were (to have been) must remain a mystery. Reflets du passé is dedicated to someone with the unlikely name of ‘Ratheb Nags’.

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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