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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: 6 minutes 6 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' (

Impromptu, RO122 Op 54
1869; published in New York in 1869

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
For most of 1868, Gottschalk was shuttling between Montevideo and Buenos Aires. In November, after some concerts at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, he made for the ‘barren and windswept’ village of San Isidro, some twenty kilometres to the north. Here he stayed for some months with friends in their house overlooking the coastal pampas of the Rio de la Plata. Exhausted from a series of monster concerts and an attack of tonsillitis, Gottschalk took some weeks to recover but then entered into an unusually productive period of composition (see notes on Vision and Caprice élégiaque, above). Although marked ‘tempo di mazurka con spirito’, this appealing Impromptu in A flat has more in common with a Parisian waltz, its visually appealing crossed-hand effects in the central D flat major section adding to its stylish charm. The Impromptu is dedicated to Madame Elise d’Aubigny, who had been a close friend of Gottschalk’s mother in Paris and to whom he had been introduced in Montevideo two years before his stay in San Isidro.

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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