- Composer: Gottschalk
- Audio CD (July 24 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Nam
- ASIN: B00004D3IV
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,053 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Celebre Tarantelle, Op. 67, No.5|
|2. Souvenir de Porto Rico, Marche des Gibaros|
|3. The Dying Poet, Meditation|
|4. Tournament Galop|
|5. O! ma charmante|
|6. Le Bananier, Chanson Negre|
|7. Manchega, Etude de Concert|
|8. Celebre Tarantelle, Op. 67, No.4|
|9. Berceuse (Cradle Song)|
|10. Symphonie romantique, 'A Night In The Tropics': I Noche en los Tropicos|
|11. Symphonie romantique, 'A Night In The Tropics': II Festa Criolla|
In his day, Gottschalk was called "the Chopin of Creoles." Most of his writing was for the piano and this CD is generally short piano pieces arranged for orchestra. The music mixes strong folk melodies and New Orleans Creole inspired syncopation with the European Classical tradition- the result being a distinctly american divertimenti.
The music as a whole is very motif oriented with a touch of variation and some interesting arrangement twists. While and orchestral CD, the piano gets a lot of attention, giving us some nice interplay between the two.
The only complaint I have is that the CD was recorded at a music festival where professional musicians are playing side by side with selected 'pre-professionals.' I'm not a snob and normally it wouldn't bother me, but Gottschalk's unusual syncopation tends to be unprofessionally slopppy at times. Fortunately, any mistakes are in the supporting insturments. No star shall be subtracted because NAXOS has done such a great job giving us a quality CD at a good price.
The two versions of the Celebre Tarantelle are refreshingly lyrical to the ear and the melancholic "O! ma charmante" provides soleful contrast with its beautiful melody and orchestration.
The arrangements for orchestra are light and very pleasing. Once again, Bravo to NAXOS for bringing wonderful music to the fore at affordable prices.