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Track(s) taken from CDA67478

Madeleine 'Étude', RO140

? 1869; published in Rio de Janeiro in 1870

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 34 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)
This unusual and haunting study was dedicated by Gottschalk ‘for the album of my old friend and companion from Paris, Achille Arnaud, with fond memories’. Its wistful tenor theme under continuous semiquaver triplets is one of Gottschalk’s loveliest and most memorable. (The title page spells the name as above; the cover of the music lists it as ‘Madelaine’.)

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2004

Gottschalk a dédié cette étude lancinante qui sort des sentiers battus «pour l’album de mon vieil ami et compagnon de Paris, Achille Arnaud, avec de chaleureux souvenirs». Son thème nostalgique au ténor énoncé sous des triolets continus de doubles croches est l’un des plus mémorables, des plus charmants de Gottschalk. (À noter que la page de titre épelle le titre tel qu’indiqué ci-dessous; la couverture indique «Madelaine».)

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

Diese ungewöhnliche und eindringliche Etüde widmete Gottschalk dem „Album meines alten Freundes und Kumpanen aus Paris, Achille Arnaud, mit schönen Erinnerungen“. Das trauervolle Tenorthema unterhalb der fortlaufenden Sechzehnteltriolen ist eine der schönsten und bedeutendsten Melodien Gottschalks. (Auf der Titelseite ist der Name wie oben geschrieben; später ist er als „Madelaine“ verzeichnet.)

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

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Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
CDS44451/88CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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