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Piano Sonata in A major, Op 33 No 1
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'Clementi: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4' (CDA67738)
Clementi: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4
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Movement 1: Allegro
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Movement 2: Presto
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Piano Sonata in A major, Op 33 No 1
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The first sonata of Op 33, in A major—often a good key for Clementi—is a compact, lucid piece with a modest harmonic vocabulary and a transparent texture reminiscent, once again, of Haydn. The opening theme of the first movement begins with elegant Haydnesque rhythmic ambiguity as a three-beat anacrusis floats weightlessly downward to the start of bar 2—where an unstable harmony puts off a real downbeat until we finally get it in bar 3. (Clementi attempts something similar, perhaps with less success, in the finale of the following sonata in F.) Then comes a rondo, whimsical in the extreme, full of surprising harmonic digressions and abrupt changes of texture. The sonata ends with a flash of wit: an unceremonious, chromatic, sidling approach to the final tonic chord.

from notes by Leon Plantinga © 2009

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Details for CDA67738 disc 2 track 4
Presto
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ISRC
GB-AJY-09-73819
Duration
3'14
Recording date
5 February 2009
Recording venue
St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Annabel Connellan
Recording engineer
Ben Connellan
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  1. Clementi: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4 (CDA67738)
    Disc 2 Track 4
    Release date: October 2009
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