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Track(s) taken from CDA67349

Caprice élégiaque, RO38 Op 56

? 1868/9; published in Mainz in 1870

Philip Martin (piano)
Recording details: May 2002
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: January 2003
Total duration: 5 minutes 0 seconds


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Another San Isidro work which, like the , Op 54, eschews any folk idioms, is in 34 time and reverts to Gottschalk’s Chopinesque salon style. A derivative mazurka in B minor opens and closes the work (its semiquaver runs are printed with a simple chordal ossia above them) while the central section in B major with its bass melody is marked fiero. sonoro. [sic] and martellato.

It is a pleasant enough trifle but makes one regret more interesting-sounding works from this same period that are now lost—several Lieder, variations on Gottlieb Reissiger’s La Dernière Pensée, a Mouvement perpétuel, a Ballade and, saddest of all, a Septet for piano and strings.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2003

Autre œuvre composée à San Isidro qui, comme l’Impromptu opus 54, renonce à tout langage populaire, adopte une mesure à 34 et renoue avec le style de salon «à la Chopin» de Gottschalk. Une mazurka peu originale en si mineur ouvre et conclut l’œuvre (les traits de doubles croches sont imprimés surmontés d’un simple ossia sous forme d’accord), tandis que la section centrale en si majeur, avec sa mélodie à la basse, est marquée fiero. sonoro. [sic] et martellato.

C’est une bagatelle assez agréable, mais qui conduit à regretter que des œuvres apparemment plus intéressantes de la même époque soient aujourd’hui perdues (plusieurs lieder, des variations sur La Dernière Pensée de Gottlieb Reissiger, un Mouvement perpétuel, une Ballade, et plus tristement encore, un Septuor pour piano et cordes).

extrait des notes rédigées par Jeremy Nicholas © 2003
Français: Josée Bégaud

Ein weiteres San Isidro-Werk, das, ebenso wie das Impromptu, Op. 54 (siehe unten), Elemente der Volksmusik vermeidet, im 34-Takt steht und zu Gottschalks Chopinartigem Salonstil zurückkehrt. Eine nachahmende Mazurka in h-Moll eröffnet und beschließt das Werk (die Sechzehntelläufe sind mit einem einfachen, akkordischen ossia über ihnen gedruckt), während der Mittelteil in H-Dur steht und eine Bassmelodie hat, die mit fiero. sonoro. [sic] und martellato überschrieben ist.

Es ist dies eine nette Kleinigkeit, doch lässt sie einen bedauern, dass die interessanter anmutenden Stücke aus derselben Zeit heute verschollen sind: mehrere Lieder, Variationen über Gottlieb Reissigers La Dernière Pensée, ein Mouvement perpétuel, eine Ballade und, am tragischsten, ein Septett für Klavier und Streicher.

aus dem Begleittext von Jeremy Nicholas © 2003
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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