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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 0 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' (

Caprice élégiaque, RO38 Op 56
? 1868/9; published in Mainz in 1870

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Another San Isidro work which, like the , Op 54, eschews any folk idioms, is in 34 time and reverts to Gottschalk’s Chopinesque salon style. A derivative mazurka in B minor opens and closes the work (its semiquaver runs are printed with a simple chordal ossia above them) while the central section in B major with its bass melody is marked fiero. sonoro. [sic] and martellato.

It is a pleasant enough trifle but makes one regret more interesting-sounding works from this same period that are now lost—several Lieder, variations on Gottlieb Reissiger’s La Dernière Pensée, a Mouvement perpétuel, a Ballade and, saddest of all, a Septet for piano and strings.

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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