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Ricordati 'Nocturne, méditation', RO227 Op 26
? 1856; published in New York in 1857; alternative titles: Yearning; Romance

'Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 4' (CDA67118)
Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 4
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Track 14 on CDA67118 [3'08]
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Ricordati 'Nocturne, méditation', RO227 Op 26
‘At the time of my first return from Europe,’ wrote Gottschalk in his Notes of a Pianist in December 1864, ‘ I was constantly deploring the want of public interest for pieces purely sentimental; the public listened with indifference; in order to interest it, it became necessary to astound it; grand movements, tours de force, and noise had alone the privilege in piano music, not of pleasing, but of making it patient with it.’ Notwithstanding his own aversion to such popular tear-jerkers as The Maiden’s Prayer, Home, Sweet Home, Old Folks at Home and the like (‘trashy sentimental pieces which … threaten to obliterate the last vestiges of the pure and serious art which the great masters bequeathed us’ was his verdict), Gottschalk clearly believed that his own contributions to the genre were of a different order. The Last Hope, The Dying Poet and this dangerously saccharine romance (which the composer referred to as ‘a dreamy character and full of pathos’) are part of a long and continuing tradition of unashamedly maudlin morceaux which the general public take to their hearts.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2000

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Details for CDA67118 track 14
Recording date
13 May 1999
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
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  1. Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 4 (CDA67118)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: February 2000
  2. Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music (CDS44451/8)
    Disc 4 Track 14
    Release date: October 2011
    8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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