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Track(s) taken from CDA66697

Pasquinade 'Caprice', RO189 Op 59

? 1863; published in New York in 1870

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 43 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)
A catchy, strutting tune (D flat), a forerunner of the cakewalk, might tempt the unwary into believing that here, at last, is a piece of Gottschalk that can be mastered with reasonable ease. But no. Gottschalk teasingly then keeps the right hand at least two octaves away from the left for the remainder of the piece, with quintessential glittering passagework and repeated notes guaranteed to make the most determined amateur lose heart

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 1994

Une mélodie entraînante, pleine d’assurance (ré bémol), qui semble annoncer le cakewalk, pourrait faire croire aux imprudents qu’il y a là, enfin, un morceau de Gottschalk assez facile à maîtriser. Mais non. Gottschalk les taquine en gardant la main droite à une distance d’au moins deux octaves de la gauche pendant le reste du morceau, avec des passages brillants et subtils et des notes répétées propres à décourager l’amateur le plus résolu.

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

Eine einprägsame, stolzierend einherschreitende Melodie (in Des), ein Vorläufer des Cakewalk, könnte Unvorsichtige zur Annahme verleiten, daß sie es hier endlich mit einem Stück von Gottschalk zu tun haben, welches einigermaßen leicht zu beherrschen ist. Aber nein! Gottschalk hält nämlich dann auf neckische Art für den Rest des Stücks die rechte Hand wenigstens zwei Oktaven entfernt von der linken, und dazu kommen schillerndes Passagenwerk, welches wesentlich für die gesamte Komposition ist, sowie Tonwiederholungen, die dazu angetan sind, selbst den entschlossensten Amateur den Mut verlieren zu lassen.

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

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Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
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