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A Storm Passing Off on the Coast of Merionethshire (1818) by Anthony Vandyke Copley Fielding (1787-1855)
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund, USA / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67947
Recording details: November 2011
St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Annabel Connellan
Engineered by Ben Connellan
Release date: September 2012
Total duration: 13 minutes 19 seconds

'Shelley plays this music with consummate artistry, making light of its technical difficulties and investing it with all the Romantic charm and ardour it needs. It's captured in excellent quality sound' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Spohr's piano sonata is rarely heard and there is much to commend in it … a work that is lyrically and melodically dominated throughout, and with some ravishing modulations among its highlights … Onslow's works are well deserving of an audience … the Toccata is very enjoyable … once again, Shelley has done us a service in resurrecting long-forgotten works and performing them with such consummate skill and good taste. The notes and Hyperion's recording quality are of an exemplary standard' (International Record Review)

'Shelley, who as a conductor has recorded all of Spohr's symphonies, plays this music masterfully. Hyperion's recording is faultless. What's not to like?' (Fanfare, USA)

Six Pièces
composer
circa 1848; published 'in aid of the poor'

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The Six Pièces, published ‘in aid of the poor’ (Onslow was well known for his charitable work), date from the late 1840s, by which time he had been elected only the second honorary member of the Philharmonic Society of London (after Mendelssohn), and to the chair of the Institut de France, in preference to Berlioz! Destined for the amateur domestic market, these unassuming pieces are Onslow’s response to Mendelssohn’s hugely popular Songs without words. While most of them mine a vein of gentle, fireside sentimentality, No 4, in B flat minor, is an exquisitely tender valse triste that on a ‘blind’ test might easily be mistaken for Schubert.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2012

Other albums featuring this work
'Hyperion monthly sampler – September 2012' (HYP201209)
Hyperion monthly sampler – September 2012
HYP201209  Download-only monthly sampler   No longer available
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