Hyperion Records

Piano Sonata No 1 in C minor, Op 4
composer

Recordings
'Chopin: The Complete Works' (CDS44351/66)
Chopin: The Complete Works
Buy by post £50.00 CDS44351/66  16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
Details
Movement 1: Allegro maestoso
Track 1 on CDS44351/66 CD1 [8'30] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 2: Menuetto
Track 2 on CDS44351/66 CD1 [4'50] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 3: Larghetto
Track 3 on CDS44351/66 CD1 [4'41] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Movement 4: Presto
Track 4 on CDS44351/66 CD1 [6'43] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Piano Sonata No 1 in C minor, Op 4
EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Piano Sonata No 1 in C minor Op 4 was written while Chopin was still studying with Elsner at the Warsaw Conservatoire. It is generally reckoned to be one of his least successful compositions. There are no reviews or reports of it ever having been played in the nineteenth century, let alone by the composer. This work exhibits little of Chopin’s unique later style and is an effortful attempt to struggle with formal sonata structure. The opening Allegro, pianists will tell you, is technically awkward. Interest picks up in the pretty but derivative Minuet only to be quelled by the meandering Larghetto in 5/4. Perhaps the most successful movement is the Presto finale, almost a moto perpetuo in its constant quaver motion.

from notes by Jeremy Nicholas © 2008

Track-specific metadata
Click track numbers opposite to select

Details for CDS44351/66 disc 1 track 3
Larghetto
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-08-35103
Duration
4'41
Recording date
14 June 1990
Recording venue
Concordia College, Bronxville, New York, USA
Recording producer
Ward Botsford
Recording engineer
Ward Botsford
Hyperion usage
  1. Chopin: The Complete Works (CDS44351/66)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: November 2008
    16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
   English   Français   Deutsch