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Piano Sonata No 2 in G major

'Hindemith: Piano Sonatas' (CDA67977)
Hindemith: Piano Sonatas
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Movement 1: Mässig schnell
Movement 2: Lebhaft
Movement 3: Sehr langsam – Ruhig –
Movement 4: Rondo: Bewegt – Langsam

Piano Sonata No 2 in G major
The Piano Sonata No 2 in G major is the shortest and lightest in tone of the three—Hindemith himself thought of it as a sonatina. Whereas the first sonata requires a player of considerable power and authority, No 2 is consciously laid out within the compass of amateurs, clear in form and texture and with many passages in two- or three-part counterpoint. Two short, concise movements—the first as clear as Clementi, with contrasting subjects but no development as such, and then a tiny wisp of a scherzo—preface a more serious-sounding third movement which begins with gravely melodious slow music. It soon turns out, however, that these soulful strains are merely the introduction to the cheerful rondo-finale, alternately strutting and ambling in motion. Eventually the movement slows again, and a brief epilogue ends the sonata on an unexpectedly sombre note.

from notes by Malcolm MacDonald © 2013

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Details for CDA67977 track 9
Rondo: Bewegt – Langsam
Recording date
12 December 2012
Recording venue
Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jeremy Hayes
Recording engineer
Ben Connellan
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  1. Hindemith: Piano Sonatas (CDA67977)
    Disc 1 Track 9
    Release date: November 2013
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