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Track(s) taken from CDA67478

Souvenir des Ardennes 'Mazurka de salon', RO243

1846; published in New York in 1860; alternative title: Les Ardennes

Philip Martin (piano)
Recording details: December 2003
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 2004
Total duration: 4 minutes 24 seconds


'Even the most devoted of Gottschalk's admirers will make some arresting discoveries among the less familiar works here … those who have enjoyed the series so far will want to add this disc to their collections, too' (International Record Review)

'Gottschalk is never abstruse or merely technical, but it is obvious from the elegance of his writing that he was a wonderful pianist. He is still underestimated, I think—as a composer, too. I can listen to his music for hours, and I don't feel that way about much piano music. The piano sound is simply wonderful—Hyperion manages to convey an individual instrument's personality in piano recordings' (Fanfare, USA)
Lying in the south of Belgium, the picturesque Ardennes region is one of deep valleys, high forests, historic cities and medieval castles. Perhaps Gottschalk visited there, but the music’s title as stated in some catalogues is not Souvenir des Ardennes, but simply Ardennes Mazurka. It is a relatively simple and effective piece that combines Chopin’s Paris-refined Polish dance with the piquancy of Louis Moreau’s harmonies. The key is A major with a brief section in D major, its delicate charm ruptured by the final unexpected dynamic markings.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2004

Située dans le sud de la Belgique, la région pittoresque des Ardennes se distingue par ses vallées profondes, ses hautes forêts, ses villes historiques et par ses châteaux médiévaux. Peut-être que Gottschalk y a séjourné, mais le titre de l’œuvre cité dans certains catalogues n’est pas Souvenir des Ardennes, mais simplement Ardennes Mazurka. Il s’agit d’un morceau relativement simple et efficace qui associe la danse polonaise que Chopin avait raffinée à Paris avec le piquant harmonique de Louis Moreau. La tonalité en est la majeur avec une courte section en ré majeur. Son charme délicat est rompu par les nuances inattendues du finale.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jeremy Nicholas © 2004
Français: Isabelle Battioni

Die Ardennen liegen im Süden Belgiens und sind eine wunderschöne Region mit tiefen Tälern, hohen Wäldern, historischen Städten und mittelalterlichen Burgen. Vielleicht hatte Gottschalk die Gegend bereist; der Titel des Stückes heißt jedoch Ardennes Mazurka und nicht, wie fälschlicherweise in manchen Katalogen notiert, Souvenir des Ardennes. Es ist dies ein recht schlichtes und doch wirkungsvolles Stück, in dem Gottschalk Elemente der Chopinschen Pariser polnischen Tänze mit den pikanten Harmonien Louis Moreaus verbindet. Das Stück steht in A-Dur mit einer kurzen Passage in D-Dur und sein anmutiger Charme wird gegen Ende durch unerwartete dynamische Markierungen gesprengt.

aus dem Begleittext von Jeremy Nicholas © 2004
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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