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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: 4 minutes 53 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' (ClassicsToday.com)

'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' (Classical.net)

Printemps d'amour 'Mazurka, caprice de concert', RO214 Op 40
composer
1855; published in New york in 1860

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Here, once more, Gottschalk returns to the roots of his European training: a pretty French title, a dance associated with the genius of Chopin, a sophisticated-sounding subtitle—strong selling points for the American market. The music, it must be said, rises little above routine Gottschalk save, perhaps, for its two unexpected syncopated episodes reminiscent of ragtime. It’s an agreeable drawing-room piece for the skilled amateur (though some of the scintillante and strepitoso passages would test the average parlour pianist). Unusually for Gottschalk, the score boasts the date and place of composition—August 1855, Trenton Falls, a scenic spa town near Utica, New York, and a popular port of call for tourists on their way to Niagara.

He had been in his home town of New Orleans since February (it was to prove his last visit there). On March 26 he had taken his first flight in a hot-air balloon, narrowly escaping injury when the wicker gondola came down on the tracks of the Pontchartrain Railroad just missing a passing locomotive. Gottschalk repeated the experiment six days later, this time taking a small keyboard instrument called a harmonicon aloft with him. He ‘improvised ecstatically’ as the Gulf of Mexico hoved into view. Once more the balloon’s descent went out of control over the railway line; once again the aviator managed by pure luck to avoid being hit by another train.

Who knows, perhaps this exhilarating experience was still fresh in his mind when he wrote the opening theme of Printemps d’amour.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2003

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'Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44451/8)
Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
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