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Track(s) taken from CDA67947

Rondoletto in G major, Op 149

1848; commissiond by Charlotte Moscheles

Howard Shelley (piano)
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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 8 seconds

Cover artwork: 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


'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)
Spohr’s only other work for solo piano other than the Piano Sonata is a Rondoletto (i.e. ‘little rondo’) whose tripping outer sections enclose a minor-keyed central episode that recalls Mendelssohn in agitato vein. Spohr wrote this engaging salon piece in 1848 in response to a request from Charlotte Moscheles (wife of the famous composer–pianist Ignaz Moscheles) for a contribution to an album of piano miniatures that was never published.

from notes by Richard Wigmore © 2012

Mise à part la Sonate pour piano, la seule autre œuvre pour piano solo de Spohr est un Rondoletto (un «petit rondo»), dont les sections extrêmes sautillantes encadrent un épisode central en mineur rappelant Mendelssohn dans sa veine agitato. Spohr composa cet avenant morceau de salon en 1848, à la demande de Charlotte Moscheles (la femme de l’illustre compositeur–pianiste Ignaz Moscheles) pour un album de miniatures pianistiques qui ne fut jamais publié.

extrait des notes rédigées par Richard Wigmore © 2012
Français: Hypérion

Mit Ausnahme von der Sonate, das einzige andere Werk für Soloklavier von Spohr ist ein Rondoletto (d. h. kleines Rondo), dessen perlende Außenteile eine zentrale Episode in Moll umschließen, die an Mendelssohn in agitato-Stimmung erinnert. Spohr schrieb dieses anmutige Salonstück im Jahre 1848 auf die Bitte von Charlotte Moscheles (die Ehefrau des berühmten Komponisten und Pianisten Ignaz Moscheles) hin, als Beitrag zu einem Album mit Klavierminiaturen, das jedoch nie veröffentlicht wurde.

aus dem Begleittext von Richard Wigmore © 2012
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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