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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: 2 minutes 22 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)

Jeunesse 'Mazurka brillante', RO129 Op 70
composer
1859; published in New York in 1860

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
In an article for the Atlantic Monthly (1865), Gottschalk reminisced about his idyllic life at Matouba on the island of Guadaloupe some six years earlier. Part of this is reproduced in the notes for Polonia (CD 4). Gottschalk went on to describe in vivid detail the view from his mountain eyrie as he played the piano to his heart’s content: ‘Imagine a gigantic amphitheater, such as an army of Titans might have carved out in the mountains; to the right and left virgin forests filled with wild and distant harmonies that are like the voice of silence; before me sixty miles of country … further on … the immensity of the ocean, whose line of deep blue forms the horizon. Behind me was a rock on which broke a torrent of melted snow that turned from its course, leaped with a desperate bound and engulfed itself in the depths of the precipice that gaped under my window. It was there that I composed Réponds-moi, La Marche des Gibaros, Polonia, Columbia, Pastorella e cavalliere, Jeunesse, and other unpublished works. I let my fingers run over the keyboard, wrapped up in the contemplation of these marvels …’.

The Romantic Idealist alone with Nature! How his readers must have lapped it up. In fact, although his description of the setting is accurate, Gottschalk was only an afternoon’s journey from the nearest town, Basse-Terre, some four miles distant. Jeunesse, the music tells us, was composed in the ‘Montagnes du Matouba, Guadaloupe, August 1859’. Its musical content fails to match the impressive and memorable surroundings in which it was conceived, an elegant Chopinesque mazurka from the Parisian salons of the 1840s.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2003

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