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Track(s) taken from CDA67950
Recording details: July 2012
Federation Concert Hall, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Produced by Ben Connellan
Engineered by Veronika Vincze
Release date: September 2013
Total duration: 10 minutes 55 seconds

'These works offer a fascinating backdrop to the greatest masterpieces of the age. And you couldn't imagine a finer advocate than Howard Shelley, who is not only palpably committed to the cause (enthusing the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in the process) but who has both the dexterity and the musicality to make the best possible case for this music. Mention should be made, too, of the entertaining and informative notes by Jeremy Nicholas' (Gramophone)

'Played like this with virtuoso panache and total conviction, these pieces sound like neglected masterworks' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Howard Shelley, joyously familiar to collectors of this series, negotiates the coruscating arabesques, trills, repeated notes, thirds and what not with great aplomb, synchronising the orchestral accompaniment with remarkable skill even in rubato places where you'd think both hands were more full … the album is well worth the money for these works alone … Shelley is brilliant, as ever … adventurous newcomers should hop aboard, instantly. Another Hyperion triumph' (International Record Review)

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Salut à Vienne 'Rondo brillant', Op 32
composer
1846; original versions for piano solo, piano and string quintet, and piano and orchestra existed; full orchestral parts untraceable

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Dreyschock’s Salut à Vienne: Rondo brillant, Op 32, was published as a piano solo, for piano and string quintet, and as a work for piano and orchestra. Unable to track down the full score and parts, Howard Shelley has opted for the version with strings only, but played by the full orchestral section (the loss of the clarinet and timpani, for which there are cues in the solo piano score, is partially offset by the inclusion of the triangle—predating its use in Liszt’s E flat major Concerto). It’s an effective little showpiece in two sections, with Dreyschock’s predilection for octaves much in evidence, especially in the coda. This is a light-hearted romp, no more or less, and best appreciated as such.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2013

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