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Track(s) taken from CDA66808
Recording details: December 1994
Snape Maltings, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Ates Orga
Engineered by Ken Blair
Release date: July 1995
Total duration: 17 minutes 59 seconds

'Demidenko brings enormous gravitas and spirituality. The fire and dash he lavishes on the quicker movements make this highly enjoyable disc no less exciting than any of his Medtner, Chopin or Rachmaninov releases on Hyperion' (Hi-Fi News)

'If your acquaintance with Clementi's output is limited to the Op 36 Sonatinas you dutifully practised in your youth, Demidenko's exalted interpretation of Clementi will come as nothing short of a revelation. This release serves as a landmark recording of these unjustly neglected masterworks' (Soundscapes, Australia)

Piano Sonata in B minor, Op 40 No 2
composer
registered 11 September 1802; published by Longman, Clementi & Co in September 1802

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Howard Shelley (piano)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Sonata in B minor shows Clementi again at his best when writing in a minor key. Still experimenting restlessly with large-scale formal plans, he once more arrives at a solution that is for him entirely new: there are two big movements in the tonic (both sonata-allegro types), each preceded with a slow introduction. The Largo mesto e patetico introduction to the final movement produces a subsidiary theme that is adopted as the first material of the Allegro that follows, and the Largo itself appears (as in the first movement of Beethoven’s ‘Pathétique’ Sonata) at the point of recapitulation. The first movement starts with an introduction of high pathos and stabbing dissonance; even its middle section in the relative major (D major) suggests not relief, but something like melancholy resignation. The Allegro con fuoco e con espressione that follows is one of Clementi’s fine driving, appassionato movements in a minor key, akin to the memorable first movement of his Sonata in G minor, Op 34 No 2.

from notes by Leon Plantinga © 2010


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'Clementi: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 6' (CDA67819)
Clementi: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 6
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