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Track(s) taken from CDA66697

Polka in A flat, RO275


Philip Martin (piano)
Recording details: October 1993
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: June 1994
Total duration: 3 minutes 1 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)
Like its companion above, this polka has little in common with those of the Strausses or Smetana. The Joplinesque cakewalk incorporates springboard leaps and sparkling Gottschalkian runs for the right hand, way beyond the scope of the later composer. Its central section suddenly admits an insidious habanera (the native Cuban dance with which Gottschalk was on intimate terms).

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1994

Comme la précédente, cette polka n’a pas grand’chose en commun avec celles des Strauss ou de Smetana. Le cakewalk joplinesque comprend des sauts de trapèze et d’éblouissantes gammes gottschalkiennes pour la main droite qui dépassent de beaucoup le rayon d’action de son successeur. La section centrale introduit soudain une habanera insidieuse (danse indigène de Cuba avec laquelle Gottschalk était très familier).

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

Wie ihr obiger Begleiter hat diese Polka wenig gemein mit denen der Straussfamilie oder denen von Smetana. Der Cakewalk in der Manier von Joplin enthält wilde Sprünge über die Tastatur und schillernde Läufe für die rechte Hand. Gottschalk liebte diese, aber während seiner späteren Lebensjahre überschritten sie seine Fähigkeiten weit. Der Mittelteil gibt plötzlich einer heimtückisch versteckten Havanera Einlaß (dem einheimischen kubanischen Tanz, mit dem Gottschalk eng vertraut war).

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

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Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
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