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The Monkeys by Henri Rousseau (1844-1910)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67248
Recording details: January 2001
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Ken Blair
Release date: September 2001
Total duration: 2 minutes 57 seconds

‘More glowing Gottschalk from Martin … a real enchantment from start to finish. This series is another immaculate Hyperion production [and] nobody is better qualified than Philip Martin to play it all for us’ (Gramophone)

'Go for it!' (Fanfare, USA)

'This disc is a constant delight' (Piano, Germany)

Orfa 'Grande polka', RO186 Op 71
composer
? 1863/4; published in Boston in 1864; under pseud. Seven Octaves

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
As well as his Louisiana pieces and Cuban dances, Gottschalk wrote sentimental potboilers, as well as waltzes, mazurkas and polkas, in the popular salon genre. Orfa is a spirited example of the latter. Others in the same vein are the Polka in A flat, Polka in B flat, and Caprice-Polka (all CD 2), the Forest Glade Polka and La Colombe (both CD 4) as well as the Polka de salon and Rayons d’azur. Writing of the piano duet arrangement of Orfa, the pianist Eugene List describes the middle section as ‘an imaginary euphonium solo, as though from a band concert in the distance’. The significance of the title is unknown.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2001

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