Gottschalk: Piano Music

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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Naxos' American Classics disc Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Piano Music, featuring internationally known pianist Cecile Licad, is a noteworthy marriage of player and repertoire. Licad has established herself in core European literature such as Chopin and Ravel, but it has been a long time since anyone has heard her on record; audiences in Licad's native Manila and at the Santa Fe Music Festival have been somewhat luckier. Licad credits producer Emile Kraemer for encouraging her to undertake the case of Gottschalk, whose dazzling and infectious music bears all the hallmarks of top-tier nineteenth century Romantic style, yet is still strangely lacking in credibility among ...
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All Music Guide - Uncle Dave Lewis
Naxos' American Classics disc Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Piano Music, featuring internationally known pianist Cecile Licad, is a noteworthy marriage of player and repertoire. Licad has established herself in core European literature such as Chopin and Ravel, but it has been a long time since anyone has heard her on record; audiences in Licad's native Manila and at the Santa Fe Music Festival have been somewhat luckier. Licad credits producer Emile Kraemer for encouraging her to undertake the case of Gottschalk, whose dazzling and infectious music bears all the hallmarks of top-tier nineteenth century Romantic style, yet is still strangely lacking in credibility among scholars and interpreters well-versed in the work of Gottschalk's European contemporaries. What Licad brings to the table is her understanding of Chopin, who was Gottschalk's main influence, and words cannot convey how well this works -- you simply have to hear it. Gottschalk's music is technically treacherous; in many recorded performances that have gone before, pianists have taken a cautious approach that renders the score clear but seems a little underpowered in terms of expression and emotion. Licad's interpretations here emphasize the expressiveness, nuance, and excitement of this music in a quite unprecedented manner. One review in a major classical music magazine practically condemned this disc, but don't be fooled. You owe it to yourself to pick this one up, especially at Naxos' bargain price.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/20/2003
  • Label: Naxos American
  • UPC: 636943914526
  • Catalog Number: 8559145
  • Sales rank: 83,302

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Le Banjo, esquisse américaine for piano, Op. 15, D. 15 (RO 22) - Louis Moreau Gottschalk & Cecile Licad (3:11)
  2. 2 Bamboula, danse des nègres for piano, Op. 2, D. 13 (RO 20) - Louis Moreau Gottschalk & Cecile Licad (9:20)
  3. 3 Le bananier, chanson nègre for piano, Op. 5, D. 14 (RO 21) - Louis Moreau Gottschalk & Cecile Licad (2:44)
  4. 4 La Savane, ballade créole for piano, Op. 3, D. 135 (RO 232) - Louis Moreau Gottschalk & Cecile Licad (7:01)
  5. 5 Tremolo, grande étude de concert for piano, Op 58, D. 154 (RO 265) - Louis Moreau Gottschalk & Cecile Licad (3:52)
  6. 6 La Jota aragonesa, caprice espagñol for piano, Op. 14, D. 79 (RO 130) - Louis Moreau Gottschalk & Cecile Licad (3:00)
  7. 7 Manchega, étude de concert for piano, Op. 38, D. 86 (RO 143) - Louis Moreau Gottschalk & Cecile Licad (3:03)
  8. 8 Souvenirs D'Andalousie, caprice de concert for piano, Op. 22, D. 148 (RO 242) - Louis Moreau Gottschalk & Cecile Licad (4:07)
  9. 9 Souvenir de Porto Rico, marche des gibaros for piano, Op. 31, D. 147 (RO 250) - Louis Moreau Gottschalk & Cecile Licad (6:51)
  10. 10 L'Étincelle, mazurka sentimentale for piano ("The Spark"), Op. 20, D. 49 (RO 80) - Louis Moreau Gottschalk & Cecile Licad (3:19)
  11. 11 La Gallina, danse cubaine for piano, Op. 53, D. 60 (RO 101) - Louis Moreau Gottschalk & Cecile Licad (3:29)
  12. 12 Suis-Moi!, contradanza for piano, Op. 45, D. 157 (RO 253) - Louis Moreau Gottschalk & Cecile Licad (4:00)
  13. 13 Pasquinade, caprice for piano, Op. 59, D. 113 (RO 189) - Louis Moreau Gottschalk & Cecile Licad (3:11)
  14. 14 Tournament Galop, for piano, D. 153 (RO 264) - Louis Moreau Gottschalk & Cecile Licad (2:45)
  15. 15 The Dying Poet, meditation for piano, D. 45 (RO 75) - Louis Moreau Gottschalk & Cecile Licad (7:38)
  16. 16 L'Union, paraphrase de concert for piano, Op. 48, D. 156 (RO 269) - Louis Moreau Gottschalk & Cecile Licad (7:26)
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