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Hyperion Records

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The Harvesters (c1882) by Hans Brasen (1849-1930)
Fine Art Photographic Library
Track(s) taken from CDH55132
Recording details: June 1992
St Martin's Church, East Woodhay, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Produced by John H West
Engineered by Mark Edwards
Release date: September 2002
Total duration: 26 minutes 20 seconds

'Scharwenka could not have been better served. He deserves no less' (International Record Review)

'The recorded sound has all the freshness needed for this music' (Pianist)

Piano Sonata No 2 in E flat major, Op 36

Allegro maestoso  [8'16]
Adagio  [6'31]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
During the seven years that had elapsed since the appearance of his first piano sonata, Scharwenka had established his reputation as a composer, and his second sonata in E flat, Op 36, composed in 1878, was without doubt his most substantial work for piano solo. There are four movements, with the scherzo preceding the slow third movement. Once again the melodic content is strong throughout and the piano writing is of consistent high standard, as one might expect from one of the leading pianists of the day.

from notes by Martin Eastick © 2002

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