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Track(s) taken from CDA67248

Solitude, RO239 Op 65

1855; published in New York in 1871

Philip Martin (piano)
Recording details: January 2001
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Ken Blair
Release date: September 2001
Total duration: 4 minutes 28 seconds

Cover artwork: The Monkeys by Henri Rousseau (1844-1910)
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania, USA / Bridgeman Art Library, London


‘More glowing Gottschalk from Martin … a real enchantment from start to finish. This series is another immaculate Hyperion production [and] nobody is better qualified than Philip Martin to play it all for us’ (Gramophone)

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'This disc is a constant delight' (Piano, Germany)
Gottschalk frequently drew on poetry for inspiration—Victor Hugo, Alfred de Musset, Charles-Hubert Millevoye were among his favourites—and he travelled with a copy of Alphonse-Marie-Louis de Lamartine’s Méditations poétiques in his bag. This nocturne, L’Isolement, with its outer murmurando sections in F sharp minor framing a beautiful Chopinesque melody in the tonic major, was inspired by Lamartine. The piece was given its first performance in the same concert as Sospiro and was one of those played at the Requiem Mass held in St Stephen’s Church, New York, when Gottschalk’s body was returned to the United States ten months after his death. The score was published posthumously.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2001

Gottschalk s’inspirait souvent de la poésie dans ses compositions : Victor Hugo, Alfred de Musset, Charles-Hubert Millevoye figuraient parmi ses poètes favoris. Il voyageait aussi toujours avec un exemplaire des Méditations poétiques de Lamartine. Ce nocturne, L’Isolement, avec ses passages murmurando en fa dièse mineur qui encadrent une superbe mélodie à la Chopin dans la tonique majeure, est inspirée de Lamartine. La pièce fut jouée pour la première fois au même concert que Sospiro et sera interprétée à la messe de Requiem en l’église St Stéphane de New York, lorsque le corps de Gottschalk fut rapatrié aux États-Unis, dix mois après sa mort. La partition fit l’objet d’une publication posthume.

extrait des notes rédigées par Jeremy Nicholas © 2001
Français: Marie Luccheta

Gottschalk ließ sich häufig von Gedichten anregen—zu seinen Lieblingsdichtern zählten Victor Hugo, Alfred de Musset und Charles-Hubert Millevoye—, und auf Reisen trug er ein Exemplar von Alphonse-Marie-Louis de Lamartines Méditations poétiques bei sich. Diese Nocturne, L’Isolement, deren murmurando gehaltene Eckabschnitte in fis-Moll eine wunderschöne, an Chopin gemahnende Melodie in der Durvariante einrahmen, ist von Lamartine inspiriert. Das Stück wurde im selben Konzert wie Sospiro uraufgeführt und gehörte zu denen, die bei der Requiem-Messe in der New Yorker St. Stephen’s Church gespielt wurden, nachdem Gottschalks Leiche zehn Monate nach seinem Tod in die USA überführt worden war. Die Partitur wurde postum veröffentlicht.

aus dem Begleittext von Jeremy Nicholas © 2001
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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