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American Classics - Gottschalk: Piano Music / Cecile Licad


Release Date: 05/20/2003 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8559145   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Cecile Licad
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The best of Gottschalk, played to the hilt, at budget price. A sensational disc: don't miss it.

Cecile Licad may have been groomed under Rudolf Serkin's exacting tutelage, but her visceral, exuberant Gottschalk playing evokes Vladimir Horowitz's diabolical art. It's not just speed and accuracy that Licad brings to the impossible repeated notes in Le banjo or Tremolo, but also impulsive dynamic surges and fustian drama. Her nimble, skywritten runs in La jota aragonesa simply take your breath away, as do her exquisitely shaped soft chords. For all of Licad's affetuoso teasing in The Dying Poet, somehow the work's surface treacle never turns maudlin.


She summons up every inch of blood and thunder in
Read more virtuosic nationalist works such as the Souvenirs d'Andalousie, Souvenir de Porto, and the Union. Her rhythm is infectious as well as galvanizing: listen to La Gallina's tango-influenced underpinnings and you'll be dancing within seconds. The sonics turn boxy at loud moments and occasionally amplify Licad's involuntary vocal accompaniments, but that doesn't matter in the long run. After all, we've got the best of Gottschalk, played to the hilt, at budget price. A sensational disc: don't miss it.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com, [8/9/2003]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Le banjo, Op. 15/RO 22 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Cecile Licad (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854-1855; USA 
2.
Bamboula, RO 20/Op. 2 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Cecile Licad (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844-1845; Paris, France 
3.
Le bananier, RO 21/Op. 5 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Cecile Licad (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845-1846; Paris, France 
4.
La savane, RO 232/Op. 3 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Cecile Licad (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Paris, France 
Notes: Composition written: Paris, France (1845 - 1846). 
5.
Tremelo, RO 265/Op. 58 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Cecile Licad (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Brazil 
6.
La jota aragonesa, RO 130/Op. 14 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Cecile Licad (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Paris, France 
7.
Manchega, RO 143/Op. 38 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Cecile Licad (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851-1856 
8.
Souvenirs d'Andalousie, Op. 22/RO 242 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Cecile Licad (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Paris, France 
9.
Souvenir de Porto Rico, RO 250/Op. 31 "Marche de Gibaros" by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Cecile Licad (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1857; Antilles 
10.
La scintilla, RO 80/Op 20 "L'étincelle" by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Cecile Licad (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1848-1849; Paris, France 
11.
La gallina, RO 100/Op. 53 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Cecile Licad (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; USA 
12.
Suis-moi!, RO 253/Op. 45 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Cecile Licad (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861; Antilles 
13.
Pasquinade, RO 189/Op. 59 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Cecile Licad (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Brazil 
14.
Union, RO 269/Op. 48 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Cecile Licad (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; USA 
15.
Tournament Galop, RO 264 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Cecile Licad (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1854; USA 
16.
Dying Poet, RO 75 by Louis Moreau Gottschalk
Performer:  Cecile Licad (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863-1864; USA 

Sound Samples

Le banjo, Op. 15
Bamboula, Op. 2
Le bananier, Op. 5
La savane, Op. 3
Tremolo, Op. 58
El sitio de Zaragoza, "Symphony No. 10"
Manchega, Op. 38
Souvenirs d'Andalousie, Op. 22
Souvenir de Porto Rico, Op. 31
L'etincelle, La scintilla, Op. 20
La gallina (The Hen), Op. 53
Suis-moi! (Follow Me! Vamos a la azotea), Op. 45
Pasquinade, Op. 59: Pasquinade, Caprice, Op. 59
Tournament Galop
The Dying Poet
Union, Op. 48

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