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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: 3 minutes 30 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)

Polka de salon, RO207 Op 1
1844/6; published in Paris in ? 1847

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Here is Gottschalk’s Opus One composed when he was about fourteen years old, and interesting if only as a well-crafted piece of juvenilia. The score, ‘composée pour le piano par Moreau Gottschalk’, bears a dedication to a Madame Céline Courtois. It is a charming, if slight, example of its kind which he later rewrote as Danse ossianique, Op 12 (1850–51) RO64 (Paris, 1851). (For comments on Gottschalk and the poet ‘Ossian’, see CD 4 and the note on the two Ossian ballades.) S Frederick Starr observes of the final version of this piece ‘if the bass line were changed to a habanera rhythm or if it were syncopated, the piece as a whole would be transformed into a jaunty Caribbean dance.’

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2001

Other albums featuring this work
'Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music' (CDS44451/8)
Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
MP3 £35.00FLAC £35.00ALAC £35.00Buy by post £38.50 CDS44451/8  8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
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