*#1 Louis Moreau Gottschalk – Music for Piano (Full Album) Playlist Mix

Lambert Orkis
Gottschalk: Music for Piano
Year: 1982
Orkis performs on an 1865 Chickering concert grand piano, an instrument similar to the Chickerings that Gottschalk employed on his American concert tours.
Gottschalk was born in New Orleans in 1829, the first child of a large, well-to-do Jewish family. His family lived not far from Congo Square (now Louis Armstrong Park), where the music of African-Americans, the music that would eventually evolve into jazz, was played.
00:00​ Deuxième Banjo, for piano, Op. 82, D. 16 (RO 24)
04:49​ Solitude, for piano, Op. 65, D. 139 (RO 239)
09:00​ La Brise, valse de concert for piano (“The Breeze”), D. 23 (RO 30)
13:05​ Souvenir de la Havane, caprice de concert for piano, Op. 39, D. 145 (RO 246)
19:06​ Le Chant du martyr, grand caprice religieux for piano, D. 30 (RO 49)
25:20​ Manchega, étude de concert for piano, Op. 38, D. 86 (RO 143)
29:05​ La Savane, ballade créole for piano, Op. 3, D. 135 (RO 232)
35:23​ L’ Union, paraphrase de concert for piano, Op. 48, D. 156 (RO 269)

Recorded in 1982, this re-issue of Lambert Orkis’s program of Gottschalk piano works brings back to the catalog one of the landmark recordings of the revival of interest in the great 19th century American composer/virtuoso. Orkis performs on an 1865 Chickering concert grand piano, an instrument similar to the Chickerings that Gottschalk employed on his American concert tours. Gottschalk was born in New Orleans in 1829, the first child of a large, well-to-do Jewish family. His family lived not far from Congo Square (now Louis Armstrong Park), where the music of African-Americans, the music that would eventually evolve into jazz, was played. Gottschalk’s virtuoso compositions for piano made significant use of this music, combining it with forms developed in his studies and travels in Europe. Lambert Orkis has received international recognition as chamber musician, interpreter of contemporary music, and performer on period instruments. He has appeared world-wide in recital in North America, Europe, and Asia with violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter since 1988 and with cellist Mstislav Rostropovich since 1983, and continues to perform with The Castle Trio, a period instrument ensemble in residence at Washington’s Smithsonian Institution – bridgerecords

Pianist Lambert Orkis is best known as an accomplished chamber musician — one of the very best, a chamber music partner on par with Menahem Pressler. He has made solo recordings, too, particularly on period pianos, but not with the frequency that we find him accompanying Anne-Sophie Mutter or the Kennedy Center Chamber Players. Bridge Records’ Gottschalk: Music for Piano was recorded in 1982 for the Smithsonian Institution’s record label. Since the Smithsonian has merged with Folkways, releases such as this one are a bit harder to place with the label as it is now configured, and Bridge is to be applauded for making this recording available once more. Orkis plays eight Gottschalk works on an 1865 Chickering Concert Grand of a kind similar to those favored by Gottschalk himself. It is amazing how much power these old Chickerings can produce — in the liner notes, Orkis remarks that during especially loud passages in Gottschalk’s concert paraphrase “Union” that the Chickering was measured at pumping out a deafening 113 decibels. It is not so much the instrument, though, as the player who makes this collection so worthwhile. Orkis’ command of Gottschalk’s sometimes rather funky rhythmic ideas and relating to the thematic material employed makes these pieces seem longer than they are, and to place them in a milieu in line with their musical ambition: check out Souvenir de la Havane here; rather than a “caprice” its more like a symphonic tone poem. In addition, the repertoire employed here is not made up of the usual Gottschalk hits, but of worthwhile pieces that fall outside of his main repertoire. While the recording, made in Coolidge Auditorium in the Library of Congress, is strongly reverberant, it suits the loudness and intensity of this instrument. Gottschalk: Music for Piano has been out of print for far too long, and devotees of the composer, and this pianist, will have reason to rejoice with its return, in far better sound than in an earlier CD incarnation dating to the ’80s – allmusic
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Banjo No. 2, Op. 82, RO 24
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Solitude, Op. 65, RO 239
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La brise, RO 30
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Souvenir de la Havane, Op. 39, RO 246
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Le chant du martyr, RO 49
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Manchega, Op. 38, RO 143
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La savane, Op. 3, RO 232
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Union, Op. 48, RO 269
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