P0017. ALAN MARKS: Gottschalk Piano Music for 2 Hands - The Lady Fainted. (England) Nimbus 5014, recorded 1990. Final ever-so-slightly used copy. - 710357501425
"Why not I said to myself, I know little of Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1820-1869) and never heard of Alan Marks. No, Louis Moreau is not a German or Frenchman, he was a Creole, born in New Orleans. He picked up the slave culture and its tunes and rhythms along with American folk music which worked their way into his compositions. He came from a well-to-do background and was 12 years old when he arrived in Paris to study musical composition. He became an accomplished pianist and extensively toured Europe where he did very well financially. He was elegant, talented and a womanizer. This combination resulted in him eventually fleeing his homeland to Brazil where he died at the tender age of 40. Fortunately, he kept a diary and there are several good biographies on him. His music, while on the light side, is a pleasure to listen to and contains many familiar tunes which are brilliantly played by Alan Marks. The Nimbus recording is well done and brings out Marks' deft touch and clean playing. Much enjoyment is to derived from this full hour recording which was made in 1984."
- Walter Fekula
“Alan D. Marks, an American pianist living in Germany who was presented in recitals at the 92d Street Y and other New York concert halls, made his début at Carnegie Recital Hall in 1971 while still a student at the Juilliard School. He was born in Chicago and grew up in St. Louis. A student of Leon Fleisher and Benjamin Kaplan, he performed as soloist with orchestras around the country and in Europe, Japan and Israel. He also accompanied other musicians, and taught at the Y. He moved to Berlin in 1981 where he held a professorship at the Hanns Eisler College of Music from 1992 until his early death in 1995.”
- THE NEW YORK TIMES, 20 July, 1995