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Track(s) taken from CDA66697

La savane 'Ballade créole', RO232 Op 3

? 1847/9; published in Paris in 1849

Philip Martin (piano)
Recording details: October 1993
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: June 1994
Total duration: 6 minutes 49 seconds


'I can't imagine an aficionado of 19th-century piano music who wouldn't want Martin's two recordings… I hope we don't have to wait another three years for the next step in what is turning into an exceptional series' (Fanfare, USA)

'Martin's flair comes through flamboyantly in these virtuosic pieces … the ideal advocate for his music' (Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Ireland)
The key of this lament (‘con malinconia’ instructs Gottschalk) is appropriately sombre E flat minor. After a recitativo introduction, the melody, which could pass for a minor-key variation on Bobby Shaftoe but is actually a Louisiana folk song known as Lolotte or Pov’ piti Lolotte, proceeds with knell-like tolling in the bass, invested with increasingly lavish treatment, until the sparse coda. The final fff arpeggio flourish, at odds with the rest of the piece, looks suspiciously like applause-garnering.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1994

Le mode de cette lamentation («con malinconia» est l’indication de Gottschalk) est approprié: un sombre mi bémol mineur. Après une introduction en recitativo, la mélodie, qui pourrait passer pour une variation en mineur sur la vieille chanson Bobby Shaftoe, mais qui est en fait une chanson folklorique de Louisiane connue sous le nom de Lolotte ou Pov’ piti Lolotte, est accompagnée d’un son de glas à la basse, avec une ornementation de plus en plus riche, jusqu’à la coda peu fournie. La fioriture finale, un arpège fff, qui ne s’accorde pas avec le reste du morceau, donne l’impression d’être là uniquement pour récolter des applaudissements.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jeremy Nicholas © 1994
Français: Madeleine Jay

Die Tonart dieser Klage („con malinconia“, weist Gottschalk dazu an) ist ein angemessen trübsinniges es-Moll. Nach einer recitativo Einleitung schreitet die Melodie—die für eine Moll-Variation von Bobby Shaftoe gehalten werden koennte, die aber tatsächlich ein Volkslied aus Louisiana mit dem Titel Lolotte oder Pov’ piti Lolotte ist—fort mit einem Klang wie Totenglocken im Baß. Dieser Klang wird, bis zur knappen Koda hin, zunehmend mit Anreicherungen umgeben. Das verschnörkelte, überlaute Arpeggio zum Schluß steht im Kontrast zum übrigen Stück und sieht verdächtig nach Beifallhascherei aus.

aus dem Begleittext von Jeremy Nicholas © 1994
Deutsch: Angelika Malbert

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Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
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