Frederick Septimus Kelly: Chamber Music


Catalogue No: TOCC0702
EAN/UPC: 5060113447029
Release Date: 01.09.2023
Composer: Frederick Septimus Kelly
Artists: David Wickham, Laurence Jackson, Michael Waye, The West Australian Piano Trio

Frederick Septimus Kelly, born in Sydney in 1881, was on the way to becoming one of Australia’s most important early composers when he was killed during the Battle of the Somme in 1916. The three works recorded here – for the first time – underline just how grievous was that loss, not only for Australia but for the musical world more generally. Kelly’s D minor Violin Sonata is an astonishingly assured work for a twenty-year-old student composer; his Serenade for flute and piano exudes good-natured charm; and the two surviving movements of his Piano Trio – which have a Brahmsian intensity – suggest that he would have been one of the major composers of the twentieth century.

Laurence Jackson, piano
Michael Waye, flute
David Wickham, piano
The West Australian Piano Trio

Listen To This Recording:

Violin Sonata No. 1 in D minor (1901) (26:06)

  1. I. Adagio – Allegro vivace (10:33)
  2. II. Andantino (5:17)
  3. III. Allegro vivace (10:16)

Serenade for Flute and Piano, Op. 7 (1911) (22:18)

  1. I. Prelude (3:16)
  2. II. Idyll (7:13)
  3. III. Minuet (2:11)
  4. IV. Air and Variations (6:24)
  5. V. Jig (3:14)

Piano Trio (c. 1905?) (17:21)

  1. I. Lento (moderato) (12:27)
  2. II. Scherzo and Trio (Presto) (4:54)

First Recordings

1 review for Frederick Septimus Kelly: Chamber Music

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    “The 1905 piano trio hints at what Kelly might have achieved had he survived the war. It’s a big work, with each instrument showcased in turn. The expansive phrases have a lush, Romantic sound. But at the same time, I could hear Kelly pushing the boundaries. The West Australian Piano Trio gives this work a great performance.

    The liner notes hint that Toccata Classics may release at least a second volume of Kelly’s music. I hope they do.” —Ralph Graves, Charlottesville Classical

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