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Sospiro 'Valse poétique', RO241 Op 24
1855; published in New York in 1857

'Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 5' (CDA67248)
Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 5
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Sospiro 'Valse poétique', RO241 Op 24
A series of concerts at New York’s Dodsworth’s Hall, beginning in January 1856, led to the greatest public and critical acclaim that any American composer had yet achieved. ‘Public appreciation seems finally attending to Gottschalk (it has taken a somewhat stupid while to do so)’, wrote Richard Storrs Willis in the Musical World of 26 January 1856. ‘He is fast growing into his proper sphere … as one of the first living pianists.’ The New York Atlas concurred, claiming that, unlike his competitors, Gottschalk provided music ‘calculated for both the lovers of more severely classical, and those who affect music of a more popular character’. It had taken Gottschalk exactly three years to achieve this level of recognition since his return to the United States in January 1853.

The third concert in the Dodsworth’s Hall series on 25 January included works by Weber, Beethoven, Liszt—and a string of Gottschalk premieres including a fantasy on the finale of Lucrezia Borgia, Solitude and Sospiro, a typically graceful waltz in D flat. Gottschalk himself proudly drew attention to its ‘exquisite details of harmony’.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2001

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Details for CDA67248 track 1
Recording date
12 January 2001
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Ken Blair
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  1. Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 5 (CDA67248)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: September 2001
  2. Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music (CDS44451/8)
    Disc 5 Track 1
    Release date: October 2011
    8CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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