Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.

Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages.

Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.

La mélancolie 'Étude caractéristique d'après F Godefroid', RO167

Op 24 for solo harp
?1848/1850; published in Paris in 1852

This is one of four works (only two are extant) which Gottschalk based on the music of the Belgian harpist Dieudonné Joseph Guillaume Félix Godefroid (1818–1897). Danse des sylphes appeared on CD 6. La Mélancolie, a transcription of Godefroid’s Op 24 for solo harp, cleverly conjures the soundworld of that instrument. Gottschalk was not yet twenty when he composed it but, although already a celebrity in France and Switzerland, was still referred to on the printed score as ‘L M Gottschalk de la Louisiane’.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2005

Voici l’une des quatre œuvres de Gottschalk fondées sur la musique du harpiste belge Dieudonné Joseph Guillaume Félix Godefroid (1818–1897)—deux seulement nous sont conservées, la seconde, Danse des sylphes, figurant sur le CD 6. La Mélancolie est une transcription de l’op. 24 de Godefroid, pour harpe solo, un instrument dont elle évoque intelligemment l’univers sonore. Pourtant déjà célèbre en France et en Suisse, Gottschalk, qui n’avait pas vingt ans au moment de sa composition, est, sur la partition imprimée, «L. M. Gottschalk de la Louisiane».

extrait des notes rédigées par Jeremy Nicholas © 2005
Français: Hypérion

Das ist eines der vier Werke (nur zwei sind überliefert), die Gottschalk auf die Musik des belgischen Harfenspielers Dieudonné Joseph Guillaume Félix Godefroid (1818–1897) aufbaute. Danse des sylphes erschien auf der CD 6. La Mélancolie, eine Bearbeitung von Godefroids Harfenstück op. 24, beschwört geschickt die Klangwelt dieses Instruments. Gottschalk war nicht einmal 20, als er dieses Stück komponierte, aber in der Partitur nannte man ihn immer noch „L M Gottschalk de la Louisiane“, auch wenn er in Frankreich und in der Schweiz schon eine berühmte Person war.

aus dem Begleittext von Jeremy Nicholas © 2005
Deutsch: Elke Hockings


Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 8
CDA67536Archive Service
Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music
CDS44451/8Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only


Track 10 on CDA67536 [5'23] Archive Service
Track 10 on CDS44451/8 CD8 [5'23] Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA67536 track 10

Recording date
3 December 2004
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Gottschalk: Piano Music, Vol. 8 (CDA67536)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: September 2005
    Deletion date: July 2010
    Archive Service
  2. Gottschalk: The Complete Solo Piano Music (CDS44451/8)
    Disc 8 Track 10
    Release date: October 2011
    Deletion date: January 2021
    Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only
Waiting for content to load...
Waiting for content to load...