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Gottschalk: Piano Works / Noel Lee


Release Date: 03/29/2004 
Label:  Apex   Catalog #: 4611832   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Noel Lee
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There should always be at least a representative selection of Gottschalk available on record, and a glance at the current catalogue shows that Noel Lee's recital fills something of a gap. It does so quite creditably—Lee is well in command of all the virtuoso roulades and his sympathetic interpretations are decently recorded by Erato. But) have to say now that Ivan Davis's record has been reissued (Decca 414 438-ILE, reviewed on page 1465) it would be my definite first choice. He displays the extra panache and personality which show just why Gottschalk was such a smash-hit on his endless American tours in the 1850s and 1860s.

Noel Lee's recital opens with a hilariously awful medley on Star-spangled Banner, Yankee Doodle and
Read more Ten green bottles, entitled (punningly?) Union. It is for this kind of potboiler that Gottschalk is sometimes hailed as a precursor of Ives. More striking though are the anticipations of the Spanish piano idiom of Albeniz, Granados, Falla, and even Ravel, in the more familiar Banjo, Pasquinade and Souvenir de Porto-Rico.

The maudlin tear-jerker The dying poet, and the amiably vacuous Le bananier are a fair indication of the range of human experience encompassed here. Anyone unfamiliar with this attractive, unashamedly commercial music should find this record an enjoyable introduction.

-- Gramophone [5/1986]
reviewing the original release of this title, Erato 75190
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Works on This Recording

1. Le bananier, RO 21/Op. 5 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Noel Lee (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 09/1984 
2. Souvenir de Porto Rico, RO 250/Op. 31 "Marche de Gibaros" by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Noel Lee (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Antilles 
3. Bamboula, RO 20/Op. 2 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Noel Lee (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844-1845; Paris, France 
4. Le banjo, Op. 15/RO 22 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Noel Lee (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1855; USA 
5. Danza for Piano, RO 66/Op. 33 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Noel Lee (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Antilles 
6. Pasquinade, RO 189/Op. 59 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Noel Lee (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Brazil 
7. Union, RO 269/Op. 48 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Noel Lee (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; USA 
8. Last Hope, RO 133/Op. 16 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Noel Lee (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; USA 
9. Ballade for Piano no 6, RO 14/Op. 83 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Noel Lee (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
10. Dying Poet, RO 75 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Noel Lee (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864; USA 

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