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Track(s) taken from CDH55131
Recording details: December 1991
Abbey Road Studios, London, United Kingdom
Produced by John H West
Engineered by John Timperley
Release date: June 2002
Total duration: 19 minutes 12 seconds

Piano Sonata No 1 in C sharp minor, Op 6
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Cantabile  [3'01]

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The young Scharwenka had already gained valuable experience in writing in larger forms with the sonata for violin and piano, Op 2 (1869), and his first Piano Sonata, composed in 1871 and dedicated to his teacher Kullak, is a youthful work full of ambition, sustaining a constant driving energy within a fairly formal sonata framework. The work is cast in four movements, with the scherzo being placed second. The rather short slow third movement really serves as an introduction to a furious and impassioned finale. A new edition with some small revisions appeared around 1905, but the version here is the original.

from notes by Martin Eastick © 2002

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