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Piano Sonata No 3 in B minor, Op 58
composer
1844

Recordings
'Moriz Rosenthal – The complete recordings' (APR7503)
Moriz Rosenthal – The complete recordings
Buy by post £22.00 APR7503  5CDs  
'Chopin: Ballades & Sonata No 3' (CDH55182)
Chopin: Ballades & Sonata No 3
Buy by post £5.50 CDH55182  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Chopin: Late Masterpieces' (CDA67764)
Chopin: Late Masterpieces
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'Chopin: Piano Sonatas' (CKD250)
Chopin: Piano Sonatas
CKD250  Download only  
'Chopin: Piano Sonatas Nos 2 & 3' (CDA30006)
Chopin: Piano Sonatas Nos 2 & 3
Buy by post £8.50 CDA30006  Hyperion 30th Anniversary series  
'Chopin: Piano Sonatas Nos 2 & 3' (CDA67706)
Chopin: Piano Sonatas Nos 2 & 3
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'Chopin: The Complete Works' (CDS44351/66)
Chopin: The Complete Works
Buy by post £50.00 CDS44351/66  16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)  
'Lev Oborin – Beethoven, Chopin & Liszt' (APR5668)
Lev Oborin – Beethoven, Chopin & Liszt
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'Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings' (APR7501)
Percy Grainger – The complete 78-rpm solo recordings
Buy by post £22.00 APR7501  5CDs  
'Alfred Cortot – The Late Recordings, Vol. 4 – Schumann, Schubert, Chopin & Liszt' (APR5574)
Alfred Cortot – The Late Recordings, Vol. 4 – Schumann, Schubert, Chopin & Liszt
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Details
Movement 1: Allegro maestoso
Track 9 on CDS44351/66 CD1 [9'35] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 9 on CDA30006 [12'44] Hyperion 30th Anniversary series
Track 9 on CDA67706 [12'44]
Track 9 on CDA67764 [9'06]
Track 5 on CDH55182 [14'00] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 7 on CKD250 [13'49] Download only
Track 10 on APR5668 [8'19]
Track 2 on APR7503 CD5 [8'48] 5CDs
Track 5 on APR7501 CD4 [9'34] 5CDs
Movement 2: Scherzo: Molto vivace
Track 10 on CDS44351/66 CD1 [2'29] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 10 on CDA30006 [2'40] Hyperion 30th Anniversary series
Track 10 on CDA67706 [2'40]
Track 10 on CDA67764 [2'45]
Track 6 on CDH55182 [2'34] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 8 on CKD250 [2'47] Download only
Track 11 on APR5668 [2'37]
Track 3 on APR7503 CD5 [2'41] 5CDs
Track 6 on APR7501 CD4 [2'37] 5CDs
Movement 2: Scherzo: Molto vivace (alternative matrix)
Movement 3: Largo
Track 11 on CDS44351/66 CD1 [10'47] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 11 on CDA30006 [9'43] Hyperion 30th Anniversary series
Track 11 on CDA67706 [9'43]
Track 11 on CDA67764 [8'42]
Track 7 on CDH55182 [11'05] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 9 on CKD250 [9'46] Download only
Track 12 on APR5668 [8'26]
Track 4 on APR7503 CD5 [9'10] 5CDs
Track 33 on APR5574 [7'20]
Track 7 on APR7501 CD4 [7'32] 5CDs
Movement 3: Largo (incomplete)
Movement 4: Finale: Presto non tanto
Track 12 on CDS44351/66 CD1 [4'38] 16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
Track 12 on CDA30006 [5'01] Hyperion 30th Anniversary series
Track 12 on CDA67706 [5'01]
Track 12 on CDA67764 [5'11]
Track 8 on CDH55182 [5'12] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 10 on CKD250 [4'52] Download only
Track 13 on APR5668 [4'40]
Track 5 on APR7503 CD5 [5'04] 5CDs
Track 8 on APR7501 CD4 [4'59] 5CDs
Movement 4: Finale: Presto non tanto (alternative version recorded on 2 sides)

Piano Sonata No 3 in B minor, Op 58
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The Piano Sonata No 3 in B minor Op 58 was the last of Chopin’s three piano sonatas, written in 1844 during the years of his full maturity as a composer, and in contrast to the ‘Sonata funèbre’ it moves closer to conformity with both the formal and the generic archetypes of what was already becoming recognized as German sonata-symphonic thought. It is as though having come to terms with the four-movement sonata in Op 35, approaching it obliquely by way of the familiar ‘Chopin genres’ of the early 1830s, the composer now felt able to tackle this weighty genre on its own terms. This is apparent in the close-knit motivic argument—the developing variation—of the first movement, and in the measured tread—late Beethoven, late Schubert—of the slow movement. There are some parallels with Op 35, including the sequence of the inner movements where the scherzo precedes the slow movement, and again the inverted reprise of the first movement, but in most respects the two works are poles apart. The outer movements point up the contrast. There could be nothing further from the elliptical, understated finale of Op 35 than the grandiloquent sonata rondo with which Op 58 races, or rather gallops, to its bravura coda. This at least is a more conventional way to end a sonata! As for the first movement, this presents us with a much more closely argued thematicism than its counterpart in Op 35. The principal theme is strong and distinctive, but it is quickly broken down into motivic-contrapuntal working in a process of continuous development and transformation that then characterizes much of the movement. Considerable heads of tension are built up by this process, both in the exposition and in the development, and it is the function of the Nocturne-like second theme—one of Chopin’s happiest inspirations—to resolve them.

from notes by Jim Samson © 2009

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Details for CDS44351/66 disc 1 track 9
Allegro maestoso
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-08-35109
Duration
9'35
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 9
    Release date: November 2008
    16CDs Boxed set (at a special price)
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