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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: 11 minutes 36 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)

Apothéose 'Grande marche solennelle', RO8 Op 29
? 1856; published in New York in 1858

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
‘This long and tedious work is one of the few in Gottschalk’s oeuvre to suffer from overly bland thematic material’ is the verdict of the composer’s biographer, S Frederick Starr. It is an opinion that is hard to dispute. With its imposing title and opening measures (‘grandioso largo maestoso’), Apothéose is a succession of heroic gestures—martellato tutta la forza, trionfale, con passione delirando, tumultuoso and similar requests, its central F sharp major section scored on three staves—but is full of sound and fury signifying very little. With elements of Schumann, Chopin and other Gottschalk works (one passage was to be recycled in his Grand Fantasy on The Brazilian National Hymn, 1869), Apothéose seems to have originally been a fragment from his Concerto in F (or F minor) (1853) which is now lost. Gottschalk dedicated the piece to King Leopold I of Belgium.

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
MP3 £35.00FLAC £35.00ALAC £35.00Buy by post £38.50 CDS44451/8  8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
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