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Sonata in B major, Op 9
composer
1909; Berlin

Recordings
'Bortkiewicz: Piano Music' (CDD22054)
Bortkiewicz: Piano Music
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Movement 1: Allegro ma non troppo
Track 11 on CDD22054 CD2 [12'01] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
Movement 2: Andante mesto e molto espressivo
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Movement 3: Presto
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Sonata in B major, Op 9
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Written in 1909 while living in Berlin, the Sonata in B major, Op 9, is Bortkiewicz’s first large-scale work. Although never a very successful concert pianist, Bortkiewicz was at this time giving concerts throughout Europe including tours in Germany, Italy and Russia and appearances in the cities of Vienna, Budapest and Paris. It would seem likely that this sonata was written with these concerts in mind.

The work has a conventional structure with the first movement providing a suitably dramatic opening full of passion, virtuosity and soaring melody—the hallmarks of Bortkiewicz’s piano-writing. The second movement is perhaps the most successful, with a haunting opening melody which is later embellished with great simplicity and elegance—proof that he was more than just a barnstormer. The last movement is a ‘no holds barred’ study of virtuosity suitable for impressing even the most jaded audience in an era of great piano virtuosos. This sonata (as with so many other works by Bortkiewicz) leaves one wondering what fame and fortune the composer might have enjoyed had fate later brought him into contact with Hollywood.

from notes by Stephen Coombs © 2000

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Details for CDD22054 disc 2 track 13
Movement 3: Presto
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-00-09413
Duration
4'27
Recording date
4 December 1998
Recording venue
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
Hyperion usage
  1. Bortkiewicz: Piano Music, Vol. 2 (CDA67094)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: September 2000
    Deletion date: April 2004
    Superseded by CDD22054
  2. Bortkiewicz: Piano Music (CDD22054)
    Disc 2 Track 13
    Release date: May 2008
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