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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: 4 minutes 5 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)

Toccata in C major, Op 6
1811; originally titled Caprice ou Toccata

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
In 1811, four years after the C minor piano sonata, Onslow composed an entertaining ‘Caprice ou Toccata’ (as it was styled in the first edition), a test of leggiero playing at speed that refracts the spirit of a Baroque toccata (complete with hints of fugal texture) through an early Romantic prism. Could Schumann have remembered Onslow’s work when he came to write his own strikingly similar Toccata in the same key, Op 7, nearly two decades later?

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2012

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