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Track(s) taken from CDA67478

The dying swan 'Romance poétique', RO76 Op 100

? 1869; published in St Louis 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 51 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)
One of Gottschalk’s canon of lachrymose audience-pleasers along with The Last Hope, Morte!!, The Dying Poet and Tremolo, The Dying Swan was published posthumously. Well within the reach of the lady amateur, it is in simple A (G minor) – B (G major) – A – B form, its plaintive main theme to be played cantabile e doloroso. The work is dedicated to a Miss Eva Waldence Hedge of Chicago.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2004

Avec The Last Hope, Morte!!, The Dying Poet et Tremolo, The Dying Swan est un des grands moments de Gottschalk dans la catégorie sentimentale à faire-pleurer-le-public. Cette œuvre, qui fut publiée après sa mort, était facilement abordable par les femmes qui jouaient en amateurs du piano. Elle épouse une coupe simple A (sol mineur) – B (sol majeur) – A – B. Son thème plaintif doit être joué cantabile e doloroso. L’œuvre est dédiée à Miss Eva Waldence Hedge de Chicago.

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

Es ist dies einer der rührseligen Publikumsfänger, der zusammen mit The Last Hope, Morte!!, The Dying Poet und Tremolo posthum veröffentlich wurde. Das Stück war für eine höhere Tochter mit der einfachen A (g-Moll) – B (G-Dur) – A – B Form problemlos zu beherrschen; das schmerzbewegte Hauptthema ist mit cantabile e doloroso markiert. Das Werk ist einer Miss Eva Waldence Hedge aus Chicago gewidmet.

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

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