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Gottschalk And Cuba / Antonio Iturrioz

Release Date: 09/21/2018
Label: Steinway & Sons Catalog #: 30102
Composer:  Louis Moreau Gottschalk ,  Manuel Saumell ,  Nicolas Ruiz Espadero ,  Ignacio Cervantes  ...  Performer:  Antonio Iturrioz

When most people think of Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869), Creole pianist and composer, they think of pieces such as The Banjo, Bamboula, The Dying Poet, and other familiar pieces. But he was so much more than that. He was America’s first important pianist-composer. He was the precursor to ragtime and early jazz and anticipated the works of Granados and Albéniz. He traveled the world and spent several years of his short, colorful and tragic life in the Caribbean where he fell in love with Cuba and its music.

This CD is a journey through 100 years of Cuban classical piano music, much of it never before recorded. The story begins with Gottschalk’s years in Cuba and is told chronologically as each important
Read more pianist-composer influenced by Gottschalk passes this influence on to the next generation, starting with Saumell to Espadero to Cervantes to de Blanck to Ernesto Lecuona and to his distinguished composer sister, Ernestina.

R E V I E W S:

“[Antonio Iturrioz] mesmerized audiences with his virtuosity and eloquently realized execution of this extraordinary piano transcription of La Nuit des Tropiques, Symphony Romantique."
-- Cranberry Coast Concerts, 2017

"Antonio Iturrioz's projection of the inner life in these works of Gottschalk et al is uncanny. Of course, his technical mastery is beyond complete but it is his realization of the ‘heart and soul’ of this music which is most impressive."
-- Andre Watts, March 26, 2018

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