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Track(s) taken from CDA67248

Rayons d'azur 'Polka de salon', RO220 Op 77

1855; published in Boston in 1873; alternative title: Shade of evening

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: 3 minutes 35 seconds

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


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Another Gottschalk polka—but with a difference. This one is in six sharps (its central section has five) and needs a bravura technique to bring off, peppered with leggiero repeated notes and requests for a brillante and scintillante touch, hardly reflective of its sub-title ‘Shades of evening’. Unmistakably by Gottschalk, it was first heard at the fifth of the composer’s Dodsworth’s Hall, New York recitals in February 1854 and published posthumously.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2001

Une autre Polka de Gottschalk, mais quelque peu différente. Celle-ci comporte six dièses (son passage central en a cinq) et son interprète doit faire preuve d’une technique parfaite pour lui donner vie et faire résonner ses notes répétées leggiero, ses traits brillante et scintillante, et son esprit virtuose au sous-titre paradoxal: «Shades of evening» (Ombres du soir). Typique de Gottschalk, cette œuvre fut interprétée pour la première fois au cinquième récital du compositeur au Dodsworth’s Hall de New York en février 1854 et fut publiée à titre posthume.

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

Eine weitere Gottschalksche Polka—nur etwas anders. Die Tonart weist sechs Kreuze auf (der Mittelteil hat fünf), und es bedarf bravouröser Spieltechnik, um diese Polka zu bewältigen, denn sie ist mit leggiero zu spielenden wiederholten Noten gespickt und für den Anschlag wird brillante und scintillante verlangt, was nicht so recht zum Untertitel „Abendschatten“ passen will. Das Stück ist typisch für Gottschalk—es war erstmals im Februar 1854 beim fünften seiner Recitals in der New Yorker Dodsworth Hall zu hören und wurde postum veröffentlicht.

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

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