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Gottschalk: Piano Music Vol 4 / Philip Martin


Release Date: 02/08/2000 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67118   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Philip Martin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

GOTTSCHALK La Colombe. La Moissonneuse. Le Songe d'une nuit d'été. Pensée poétique. La Scintilla. Souvenir de Cuba. La Gitanella. Morte!! Polonia. Fantôme de bonheur. Forest Glade Polka. Ricordati. Reflets dupasse. Apothéose • Philip Martin (pn) • HYPERION CDA67118 (71:50)

It is newly revelatory to discover, with such superb releases as this, that Louis Morreau Gottschalk really was a pivotal figure in American music. These piano pieces cover much ground, musicological-ly speaking. There are elements of the Spanish and African influences on the culture of the New World, as well as an intuitively absorbed expression of the European classical tradition. Most importantly, this unique
Read more synthesis produced music of genuine value and intriguing originality. Gottschalk has been slighted with the faint praise due a salon-music composer, and for the emotional, dramatic, and physical scope of the pieces this categorizing may be appropriate. But then this is salon music at the top of the form, overtly sentimental, yes, but exquisitely crafted and melodically alluring.

For his Volume 4 of Gottschalk 's solo piano music, Irish pianist Philip Martin has chosen a selection that impresses the careful listener rather than wowing the casual ear. Some of the music is wispy enough to merely float between the ears, and Martin's appropriately delicate approach does not over-inflate the lesser works with distorted phrasing and dynamics. In his informative notes, Martin describes the piece Morte!! as one of the most famous pieces of music nobody has ever heard. And in reality, this whisper of a sentimental dirge does not live up to those famous double exclamation points. But so much else here is extraordinarily delicious, from the Grieg-like languor and melodic imagination of Le Songe d'une nuit d'été to the Cubana Chopin oi Souvenir de Cuba and La Gitanella and the Lisztian acrobatics that are so artfully and tastefully expressed. This is no ugly American.

The shining brilliance of Gottschalk is superbly captured by Martin's wonderful pianism. This musician's personality, intelligent, technically transparent, and subtly colored, matches those traits in Gottschalk with unerring sympathy. I can only join the chorus of critical praise for the previous installments in this series, including my fellow Fanfare scribes. If you are one of those music-lovers who never really signed on to the Gottschalk bandwagon, these are the recordings to test your interest.

-- Peter Burwasser, Fanfare
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Works on This Recording

1.
La colombe, RO 60/Op. 49 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Philip Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863 
2.
La moissonneuse, RO 173/Op. 8 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Philip Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848 
3.
Le songe d'une nuit d'été, RO 240/Op. 9 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Philip Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850 
4.
Pensive, RO 196 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Philip Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1864; USA 
5.
La scintilla, RO 80/Op 20 "L'étincelle" by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Philip Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1849; Paris, France 
6.
Souvenir de Cuba, RO 245/Op. 75 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Philip Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860 
7.
La gitanella, RO 103/Op. 35 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Philip Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Antilles 
8.
Morte!, RO 174/Op. 60 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Philip Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Uruguay 
9.
Grande caprice de concert, RO 210/Op. 43 "Polonia" by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Philip Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859 
10.
Fantôme de Bonheur, RO 94/Op. 36 "Illusions perdues" by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Philip Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1860 
11.
Forest Glade Polka, RO 98/Op. 25 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Philip Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1853 
12.
Ballades (2) for Piano, RO 187/Op. 4 "Ossian" by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Philip Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846-1847; Paris, France 
13.
Ricordati, RO 227/Op. 26 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Philip Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1856; USA 
14.
Reflets du passé, RO 223/Op. 28 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Philip Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856 
15.
Apothéose, RO 8/Op. 29 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Philip Martin (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855-1856; USA 

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