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Track(s) taken from CDA67536

Chant de guerre, RO48 Op 78

1857/9; published in Boston in 1873

Philip Martin (piano)
Recording details: December 2004
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 2005
Total duration: 5 minutes 6 seconds


'Quite early in the 14-year period that covers these eight volumes the Dublin-born pianist matured into becoming the pre-eminent Gottschalk interpreter. He understands exactly his stylistic range, from the mellifluous Italianate melody of the salon to sheer virtuosity, but without any exaggeration' (Gramophone)

'These are sympathetic performances, glowingly recorded' (BBC Music Magazine)

'another neglected area of the 19th-century repertoire has been thoroughly explored and superbly championed by Martin' (The Guardian)

'Effective performance of this music requires striking a series of delicate balances: between the learned and the popular, between the progressive and the traditional, between the sensual and the self-conscious. And if you've been following this series, you'll know that no current Gottschalkian catches these special ambiguities more consistently than Philip Martin' (International Record Review)

'A beautifully produced disc that is impossible to play without smiling' (The Times)

'This is one of the great piano recordings of recent years. Not since the exquisitely chiseled, delicately nuanced playing of such past greats as Wilhelm Kempff, Stefan Askenase, and Walter Gieseking have I heard anything so hypnotically well performed. This release leaves no doubt that Martin is one of today's finest keyboard artists' (Fanfare, USA)

'Martin plays every piece with such conviction that value judgements on this music's qualities seem almost churlish … the recording itself is of the very highest standards with superb presence, as we expect from Hyperion' (International Piano)
Twenty-three volumes of music and other papers were purchased after Gottschalk’s death by the Rio de Janeiro publishing house of Narciso, Arthur Napoleão & Cia. However, Napoleão was unaware that Gottschalk had named the Cuban composer and pianist Nicolás Ruiz Espadero as his literary executor. Moreover, neither was aware that Gottschalk had an exclusive contract with the New York publishers of William Hall & Son. In any event, Chant de Guerre finally appeared under the banner of Ditson’s of Boston ‘with the authorisation of [Gottschalk’s] family’. Though in 24, the imperious D flat major opening and closing sections hint at various Chopin Polonaises (which are in 34 of course); the central section is cast in the relative B flat minor, a popular tonality for funeral marches.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2005

En achetant, après la mort de Gottschalk, vingt-trois volumes de musique et d’autres papiers, Narciso, Arthur Napoleão & Cia, une maison d’édition de Rio de Janeiro, ignorait deux choses: primo, que le défunt avait fait du compositeur et pianiste cubain Nicolás Ruiz Espadero son exécuteur littéraire; secundo, qu’il était sous contrat d’exclusivité avec les éditeurs new yorkais William Hall & Son. Finalement, Chant de Guerre parut sous la bannière de Ditson, à Boston, «avec l’autorisation de la famille [Gottschalk]». Bien qu’à 24, les impérieuses sections d’ouverture et de fermeture, en ré bémol majeur, font allusion à diverses polonaises de Chopin (lesquelles sont à 34, bien sûr); la section centrale est coulée dans le si bémol mineur relatif, une tonalité populaire pour les marches funèbres.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jeremy Nicholas © 2005
Français: Hypérion

23 Bände mit Noten und diversen Schriftstücken wurden nach Gottschalks Tod von dem in Rio de Janeiro ansässigen Verlag Narciso, Arthur Napoleão & Cia käuflich erworben. Dabei war sich Napoleão aber nicht bewusst, dass Gottschalk schon den kubanischen Komponisten und Pianisten Nicolás Ruiz Espadero zu seinem Nachlassverwalter ernannte hatte. Darüber hinaus wussten beide nicht, dass Gottschalk eine Ausschließlichkeitsvereinbarung mit dem New Yorker Verleger William Hall & Son hatte. Wie dem auch sei, Chant de Guerre erschien schließlich bei Ditson in Boston „mit der Genehmigung der Familie [Gottschalk]“. Zwar steht das Stück im 24-tel Takt, aber der gebieterische Anfangs- und Schlussteil in Des-Dur verweisen eher auf diverse Chopin-Polonaisen (die natürlich im 34-tel Takt stehen). Der Mittelteil ist im verwandten b-Moll gehalten, eine beliebte Tonart für Trauermärsche.

aus dem Begleittext von Jeremy Nicholas © 2005
Deutsch: Elke Hockings

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