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Track(s) taken from CDA67349

Impromptu, RO122 Op 54

1869; published in New York in 1869

Philip Martin (piano)
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' (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)
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

Pendant la plus grande partie de l’année 1868, Gottschalk fit la navette entre Montevideo et Buenos Aires. En novembre, après quelques concerts au Teatro Colón de Buenos Aires, il se dirigea vers le village «aride et éventé» de San Isidro, à une vingtaine de kilomètres au nord. Il y séjourna quelques mois chez des amis dont la maison dominait les pampas côtières du Rio de la Plata. Épuisé par une série de concerts monstres et par une angine, il passa plusieurs semaines à se remettre mais connut ensuite une période inhabituellement fructueuse sur le plan de la composition. Parmi les œuvres qu’il mit par écrit figuraient Dernier amour [RO73], Vision (voir ci-dessus), Tremolo (CD 5) et ce séduisant Impromptu en la bémol. Bien que marquée: «tempo di mazurka con spirito», la musique a plus en commun avec une valse parisienne, ses effets de croisements des mains dans la grande section centrale en ré bémol, plaisants sur le plan visuel, ajoutant à son charme élégant. Cet impromptu est dédié à une amie intime de sa mère à Paris, Mme Élise d’Aubigny, à qui il avait été présenté à Montevideo, deux ans avant son séjour à San Isidro.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jeremy Nicholas © 2003
Français: Josée Bégaud

Im Jahre 1868 pendelte Gottschalk hauptsächlich zwischen Montevideo und Buenos Aires hin und her. Im November, nachdem er einige Konzerte im Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires gegeben hatte, machte er sich nach San Isidro, dem „dürren und windigen“ Dorf, zwanzig Kilometer nördlich, auf. Hier wohnte er einige Monate bei Freunden, deren Haus oberhalb der Küstenpampas des Rio de la Plata lag. Gottschalk war erschöpft von einem sehr umfangreichen Konzertzyklus und einer Mandelentzündung, so dass er mehrere Wochen brauchte, um sich zu erholen. Danach begann jedoch eine ungewöhnlich produktive Schaffensperiode. Zu den Werken, die er hier komponierte, gehören Dernier amour [RO 73], Vision (siehe oben), Tremolo (Nr. 5) sowie dieses attraktive Impromptu in As-Dur. Obwohl es mit „tempo di mazurka con spirito“ überschrieben ist, ähnelt die Musik viel eher einem Pariser Walzer; die visuell ansprechenden Effekte mit Handüberkreuzungen im Mittelteil (Des-Dur) verstärken den eleganten Charme des Stückes. Das Impromptu ist Madame Elise d’Aubigny gewidmet, die eine enge Freundin der Mutter Gottschalks in Paris gewesen war, und mit der er in Montevideo, zwei Jahre vor seinem San Isidro-Aufenthalt, bekannt gemacht worden war.

aus dem Begleittext von Jeremy Nicholas © 2003
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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