LOUIS SPOHR (1784-1859): Piano Sonata in A Flat, Op. 125, Rondoletto in G, Op. 149, GEORGE ONSLOW (1784-1853): Piano Sonata in C Minor, Op. 2, 6 Pièces, Toccata in C, Op. 6.
Catalogue Number: 09O029
Reference: CDA 67947
Description: Dating from 1807, Onslow's sonata eschews a Beethovenian C minor turbulence for aristocratic good taste in a 30-minute work with pre-echoes of Schubert in its minuet's trio and a striking ability to mine canonic writing for a variety of felicities. His Toccata (1811) is very like Schumann's (written 20 years later!) while the salon-style Pièces of c.1848 are his response to Mendelssohn's Songs without Words. Spohr's only sonata is late - 1843 - and still, as do his late string quartets, sticks to a Mozartian Classicism although with more chromatic harmonic color. The little Rondoletto of 1848 appears to be his own tribute to Mendelssohn. Howard Shelley (piano).