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Track(s) taken from CDA67349
Recording details: May 2002
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: January 2003
Total duration: 5 minutes 5 seconds

'Brilliant and technically awesome … Philip Martin is never less than an extremely able and charming guide to this curious repertoire' (BBC Music Magazine)

'There is a poignant period flavour to this music, which Martin captures with the utmost sensibility' (The Daily Telegraph)

'It's impossible to listen to this disc and not beam with pleasure … real melodic charm, surprising harmonic progressions, and enough sensuality and humour to put a kick in the greyest of January days. The recorded sound is gorgeous' (The Times)

'Martin once again reveals his mastery of Gottschalk’s special brand of refined sensuality … for Gottschalk’s growing band of admirers, this is an essential purchase' (Fanfare, USA)

'Philip Martin has the technical resources to do [Gottschalk] justice with straight-faced ease' (The Irish Times)

'finely played and beautifully recorded' (Pianist)

'Volume 6 maintains the same impressive standards set in Philip Martin’s five previous Gottschalk releases on Hyperion … If you’ve been collecting this series, don’t stop now. A delectable disc' (

'Philip Lane is perfectly suited to Gottschalk's music and his interpretations are well nigh unsurpassable. The recording is firm and very realist with a touch of brittleness at the top. In sum, this is another gorgeous piano music collection from the underrated American composer' (

Marche funèbre, RO147 Op 61
1853/4; published in New York in 1870; alternative catalogue number: RO149, Op 64; published in Paris in circa 1874

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Gottschalk spent his formative years in Europe. He left his native New Orleans at the age of twelve in May 1841 and did not return to the United States until January 1853 when he was fêted as a celebrity. Yet, despite a healthy string of concerts, by the end of that year he was sixteen thousand dollars in debt, an unsuccessful tour of New England only adding to his financial plight. To add to his misery, in October his father died.

To commemorate this sad event he revised a Marche funèbre that he had written some years earlier (‘for a careful exposition of these two variant editions’, notes Starr, ‘see Doyle, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, D-90, D-90a, D-90b, D-90c’). The source of its inspiration is obvious, its key the predictable B flat minor, yet its powerful central (G minor) section and some surprising harmonic progressions make it an effective example of its type.

In December 1853, Gottschalk retreated to his birthplace and thence to Cuba where, for the next three years, he struggled to rebuild his life.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2003

Other albums featuring this work
'Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44451/8)
Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
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