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Gottschalk: Symphonies No 1 & 2 / Rosenberg


Release Date: 06/26/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559320   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Michael GurtMelissa Barrick
Conductor:  Richard Rosenberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 17 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

" A perfect delight of a disc, of music from that grand pioneer Louis Gottschalk, who charmed the crowds here and abroad up through Civil War days with flamboyant, virtuosic display pieces. From last year’s Hot Springs (Arkansas) Festival comes a whole disc of Gottschalk’s orchestral works, and it’s a hoot. It includes the hilariously lovable Célèbre Tarantelle and Night in the Tropics, guaranteed to lift you off your seat on first hearing, and Gottschalk’s own arrangement for five pianos, nine horns and 112-piece orchestra of The Young King Henry’s Hunt (don’t ask). There’s even an opera, 13 minutes long, something Cuban... " – Alan Rich, LA Weekly

A child prodigy pianist who was touring
Read more Europe as a virtuoso concert soloist while still a teenager, Louis Moreau Gottschalk provides one of the most colorful chapters in the history of American music. Dubbed ‘the Chopin of the Creoles’, he was, above all, the first to capture the syncopated music of South Louisiana and the Caribbean in enduring works that anticipate ragtime and jazz by half a century. His orchestral works show a composer of considerable skill who could create memorable and catchy tunes. Included in this disc of the complete surviving orchestral music are several works recorded for the first time in the composer’s original version, as well as the world première recording of La Casa del Joven Enrique. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 2, RO 257 "A Montevideo" by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Conductor:  Richard Rosenberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Uruguay 
2.
Grande tarantelle for Piano and Orchestra, RO 259/Op. 67 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Michael Gurt (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Rosenberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Uruguay 
3.
Escenas campestres, RO 77 "Cuban country scenes" by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Conductor:  Richard Rosenberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
4.
Variations for Piano and Orchestra on the Portuguese National Hymn, RO 289 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Michael Gurt (Piano)
Conductor:  Richard Rosenberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Brazil 
5.
Ave Maria by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Melissa Barrick (Soprano)
Conductor:  Richard Rosenberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Antilles 
6.
La chasse du jeune Henri, RO 54/Op. 10 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Conductor:  Richard Rosenberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1849; France 
7.
Symphonie romantique, RO 255 "La nuit des tropiques" by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Conductor:  Richard Rosenberg
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1858-1859; Antilles 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 2, "A Montevideo": I. Andante
Symphony No. 2, "A Montevideo": II. Presto - Maestoso
Grande tarantelle, Op. 67: Grande Tarentelle, Op. 67, RO 259
Escenas campestres: I. Tempo de danza: Moderato
Escenas campestres: II. Piu lento
Escenas campestres: III. Danza
Escenas campestres: IV. Tempo de danza: Moderato
Variations de concert sur l'hymne portugais, Op. 91: Variations de concert sur l'hymne portugais du Roi Louis I, Op. 91
Ave Maria (arr. R. Rosenberg): Ave Maria, RO 10 (arr. R. Rosenberg for voice and orchestra)
Gran Overture, La Caza del Joven Enrique por Etienne Mehul (arr. for pianos 10 hands and orchestra): La Chasse du jeune Henri: Overture (arr. Gottschalk for 3 pianos, 10-hands, orchestra, RO 54b)
Symphonie romantique, RO 255, "La nuit des tropiques" (A Night in the Tropics), "Symphony No. 1": I. Noche en los Tropicos (A Night in the Tropics)
Symphonie romantique, RO 255, "La nuit des tropiques" (A Night in the Tropics), "Symphony No. 1": II. Festa Criolla

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Nice Program, But..... May 23, 2013 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "There is nothing wrong with the selections on this Naxos disk, an interesting collection of orchestral music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk. Perhaps better known for his piano compositions, Gottschalk nevertheless wrote a number of pieces for orchestra and piano with orchestral accompaniment. On this disk there is even a mini-opera, all of 13 minutes duration and consisting of several arias held together by a recurring thematic orchestral bridge. Additionally, there are 2 short symphonies, the well-known Grand Tarantella,and couple of pieces based on Portugese themes. All of these works are vibrant, energetic, and decidedly lack complexity. I agree with Joseph E.'s feelings about the merit of Gottschalk's music, but I have a problem with the overall quality of the recording. The weakness of this Naxos disk lies primarily in the performance of the orchestra and the unstable sonic qualities of the individual pieces. To my ears, the Hot Springs Festival Orchestra sounded like a pickup, hastily constructed ensemble, augmented by youth players. I also felt that there was a definite lack of high tech sonic ambience in some of the works. I do think Naxos could have done better with this very engaging music. Surely, Gottschalk deserves a bit more than is delivered here." Report Abuse
 A Musicla Extravaganza January 16, 2013 By Joseph  Erdeljac (West Chester, PA) See All My Reviews "For those who already love Gottschalk this is a must for it is such exciting music that is wonderfully performed. I am of the opinion that there is not enough of Gottschalk's music on recordings and that he has been overlooked for far too long. It is wonderful to get to hear more of this talented composer." Report Abuse
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