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Track(s) taken from CDA66697

Caprice-polka, RO44 Op 79

1856; published in Boston in 1873

Philip Martin (piano)
Recording details: October 1993
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: June 1994
Total duration: 4 minutes 36 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)
Published posthumously in an edition by Gottschalk’s pianist friend Nicolás Ruíz Espadero, three catchy tunes follow breathlessly on the heels of one another—the first in A flat (a favourite key of Gottschalk), the next in its relative minor, the third in D flat—before a return to the opening theme. The composer’s attention is then taken by a fourth subject (again in A flat, but not in the strict rhythm of the polka) which propels this rarely recorded gem to a conclusion.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1994

Publiées à titre posthume dans une édition d’un ami de Gottschalk, le pianiste Nicolás Ruíz Espadero, trois mélodies entraînantes se succèdent sans reprendre leur souffle: la première en la bémol (un des modes préférés de Gottschalk), la suivante dans la clef relative mineure, la troisième en ré mineur—avant de revenir au thème du début. L’attention du compositeur se tourne alors vers un quatrième sujet (de nouveau en la bémol, mais abandonnant le rythme strict de la polka) qui amène à sa conclusion ce petit bijou rarement enregistré.

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

Drei einprägsame Weisen, posthum in einer Ausgabe von Gottschalks Freund, dem Pianisten Nicolás Ruíz Espadero, veröffentlicht, folgen hart aufeinander in atemloser Jagd—die erste in As (einer Lieblingstonart Gottschalks), die nächste in ihrer zugehörigen Molltonart, die dritte in Des—und dann kehrt das Eröffnungsthema zurück. Daraufhin wendet der Komponist seine Aufmerksamkeit einem vierten Thema zu (wiederum in As, aber nicht im strengen Polkarhythmus), und damit wird dies selten aufgeführte Juwel zu seinem Abschluß getrieben.

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

Other albums featuring this work

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