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Gottschalk: A Night in the Tropics

L.M. Gottschalk Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Grande tarantelle, Op. 67: Celebre Tarantelle, Op. 67, No. 5Richard Rosenberg 7:27$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Souvenir de Porto Rico, Op. 31: Souvenir de Porto Rico, Marche des GibarosRichard Rosenberg 5:56$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The Dying Poet: The Dying Poet, MeditationRichard Rosenberg 5:33$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Tournament GalopRichard Rosenberg 3:20$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. O ma charmante, epargnez-moi (O, my charmer, spare me), Op. 44: O! ma charmanteRichard Rosenberg 3:57$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Le bananier, Op. 5: Le Bananier, Chanson NegreRichard Rosenberg 3:06$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Manchega, Op. 38: Manchega, Etude de ConcertRichard Rosenberg 4:21$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Grande tarantelle, Op. 67: Celebre Tarantelle, Op. 67, No. 4Sakiko Ohashi 6:20$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Berceuse (Slumber on, Baby Dear): Berceuse (Cradle Song)Paul Rowe 4:04$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Symphonie romantique, "La nuit des tropiques" (A Night in the Tropics): I Noche en los TropicosRichard Rosenberg10:08$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Symphonie romantique, "La nuit des tropiques" (A Night in the Tropics): II Festa CriollaRichard Rosenberg 6:03$0.89  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 22, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos American
  • ASIN: B00004D3IV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,436 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just plain fun December 12, 2004
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I'm not sure how other reviewers could have found this music weak and naive--too much Schönberg, maybe? Or maybe they were trying to delve its musical profundity, when in fact this music isn't profound and doesn't claim to be. It's just energetic, fun music from a composer who wasn't content to color within the Classical-era lines. If you can imagine "Creole Classical," in fact, that's a good description of this CD. Although the bulk of the album consists of rollicking showtunes (most of which feature the piano as the dominant instrument, since most of the songs are orchestral arrangements of piano pieces), there are some surprisingly tender, lyrical moments as well. The whole album is imbued with an intriguingly pre-Jazz flavor that combines with the classical structure to create some of the best moments in American music: catchy, energetic and always entertaining. For those moments when Beethoven (or Schönberg) is too much depth for one day, this CD is the perfect alternative... particularly at this price.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable and Fun Taste of America! April 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Every once in a while, I like to buy a CD of a composer I'm not familiar with (and with NAXOS's low prices, why not?). When I got home and listened to this one, once wasn't enough. I listened twice through. This CD is real fun!!
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.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The birth of american music February 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
If all of the 11 cuts on the Naxos release of <Louis Moreau Gottschalk: A Night in the Tropics> (8.559036) are listed as "arr." or "orch." by thus and so, it is because Gottschalk wrote primarily for the piano. But as it is with Gershwin and Kern, the music sounds good in any arrangement; and I found this CD to be very delightful listening indeed.
The Hot Springs Music Festival under Richard Rosenberg gives us an hour of such short selections as "Celebre Tarantelle," "Tournament Galop," "Berceuse," and the title piece "Noche en los Tropicos." There is endless fascination in hearing how this composer (who died in 1869) was "the first to capture the syncopated music of South Louisiana and the Caribbean in enduring works that anticipate ragtime and jazz by half a century" [liner notes].
I received a thank you phone call from a Florida reader who was sent by one of my reviews to a CD of Gottschalk's music in the original piano versions and who found her first exposure to this composer a revelation. Perhaps this Naxos album will have a similar effect on many of you.
Note: the title on the CD album is not the same as that listed on this website. I find that recording companies have stopped giving definite names to their sets and you will find the titles on the spines and on the covers different in too many cases. Why?
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long Overdue! May 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The orchestral arrangements of Louis Moreau Gottschalk's piano works are long overdue. Like Moritz Moszkowski, Gottschalk's music is seldom heard. This recording should certainly help provide a higher profile to this romantic and wonderful composer.
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.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile contribution to musical history June 28, 2006
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The reviewers who complain of "naive" and "weak" orchestration should read the liner notes. The orchestrations are not Gottschalk's, mostly, but those of Richard Rosenberg, artistic director of the Hot Springs Music Festival. And while it may seem easy to blast Rosenberg, Gottschalk was no master of orchestration himself. I played in the Hot Springs Music Festival Orchestra this summer, including recording more Gottschalk (as well as Nazareth and Bares) for Naxos, and I promise that Gottschalk's treatment of Mehul's "Grande Chasse de Jeune Henri," which will soon be released on Naxos, will leave no doubt in your mind that Gottschalk was right to restrict most of his activity to the piano. (More proof that Gottschalk was indeed the the "Chopin of the Creoles")

At any rate, this series of recordings seems to me a worthwhile historical project. There is some really beautiful music on these discs, in addition to some music that really need never have been revived. In any case, the listener to this disc will find some enjoyment, little offense, and much food for thought about the development of American musical culture.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Reminds me of The Elephant Man/Carnivale Soundtrack
If you like the elephant man soundtrack, then you'll enjoy this. Seems to have have influence on many soundtracks; think carnivale. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Paul
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great to listen to!
Published 2 months ago by Cathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Love the collection! Not as popular as others but worth listening too! Excellent quality and fabulous pieces. Enjoyable to all!
Published 10 months ago by CA Moran
5.0 out of 5 stars Great composer
Great American composer. Not very well known in the US unfortunately. Magnificent classical music. Those who love Chopin will love him. In fact, he met with Chopin. Read more
Published 18 months ago by K77799
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting American composer
Of Lousiana French origen, with an appreciation for Latin themes in his music. Particuarly enjoy O! Ma Charmante, with its contemplative mood.
Published 18 months ago by Wendell Geary
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe a Little Quibbling, but it's a Lot of Fun, Really
The main controversy here at the time that I write this review seems to be the issue of orchestration. Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. R. Trtek
3.0 out of 5 stars Not entirely successful arrangements in decent but not ideally...
Louis Moreay Gottschalk was the first American soloist to actually achieve status and recognition as a virtuoso solo performer. Read more
Published on May 4, 2010 by G.D.
1.0 out of 5 stars Weak Music
Upon listening to this CD I understand why Gottschalk is noted mainly for his piano compositions. I found the whole CD weak musically and the orchestration naïve. Read more
Published on April 23, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars light, fun music
this CD is one of the best in the "american classics" series i have heard. the playing is warm, playful and full of energy. Read more
Published on July 29, 2000 by vic spicer
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