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Cello Sonata in D major, Op 102 No 2
early August 1815; dedicated to Countess Anna Maria Erdödy; published in 1817 by Simrock and in 1819 by Artaria

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Movement 1: Allegro con brio
Movement 2: Adagio con molto sentimento d'affetto
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Movement 3: Allegro – Allegro fugato

Cello Sonata in D major, Op 102 No 2
The first movement of the D major Sonata shows evidence of the new possibilities available in the cello writing with a singing, dolce first subject. Despite the Adagio being the first real slow movement of these Sonatas, the main melody is a rather restrained affair, with short rests at the end of each two-bar phrase – the smoother melodic writing is reserved for the middle section of the ABA structure. The finale follows without a break, though not before tentative attempts at the main subject forestall the arrival of the movement proper – a fully-fledged fugue. In fact this is the first occasion where Beethoven uses a fugue as the basis of a movement (instead of merely incorporating fugal writing into another form), and is thus also the first example of the contrapuntal thinking that was to dominate his final years.

from notes by Matthew Rye © 1996

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Details for CDA66282 track 12
Allegro – Allegro fugato
Recording date
31 August 1987
Recording venue
Seldon Hall, Haberdashers' Aske's School, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
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  1. Beethoven: Complete Cello Music, Vol. 2 (CDA66282)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: October 1988
    Deletion date: September 1996
    Superseded by CDD22004
  2. Beethoven: Complete Cello Music (CDD22004)
    Disc 2 Track 12
    Release date: September 1996
    Deletion date: August 2006
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