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Piano Sonata in D minor, Op 50 No 2
published in 1821, but probably composed twenty or so years earlier; dedicated to Luigi Cherubini

'Clementi: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 6' (CDA67819)
Clementi: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 6
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Movement 1: Allegro non troppo ma con energia
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Movement 2: Adagio con espressione
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Movement 3: Allegro con fuoco, ma non troppo presto
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Piano Sonata in D minor, Op 50 No 2
The second sonata of Op 50, in D minor, is Clementi’s only sonata in that key. It is a consistently strong piece in which several of his oldest compositional habits appear, now convincingly absorbed into his latest style. The blustery first theme of the opening movement, for example, is set entirely over a tonic pedal point—one of Clementi’s oldest habits. The music in the secondary key, F major, has the abundant ornament that is customary in his late ‘lyric’ style, but was anticipated as early as the Sonata in A major Op 2 No 4, published in 1779. The slow movement, Adagio con espressione, is one of Clementi’s atmospheric, highly ornamented and tonally digressive late-period slow movements. There follows a witty Allegro with a brusque, home-spun main theme that we hear a number of times in rondo-fashion; this music undergoes sophisticated transformations that make for a satisfying conclusion to this strong sonata.

from notes by Leon Plantinga © 2010

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Details for CDA67819 disc 2 track 5
Adagio con espressione
Recording date
4 December 2009
Recording venue
St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Annabel Connellan
Recording engineer
Ben Connellan
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    Release date: October 2010
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