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Piano Sonata No 1 in C sharp minor, Op 6
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'Scharwenka: Piano Music, Vol. 1' (CDH55131)
Scharwenka: Piano Music, Vol. 1
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Movement 1: Allegro passionato
Track 1 on CDH55131 [5'29] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 2: Scherzo vivacissimo
Track 2 on CDH55131 [3'31] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 3: Cantabile
Track 3 on CDH55131 [3'01] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Movement 4: Allegro molto agitato
Track 4 on CDH55131 [7'11] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Piano Sonata No 1 in C sharp minor, Op 6
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The young Scharwenka had already gained valuable experience in writing in larger forms with the sonata for violin and piano, Op 2 (1869), and his first Piano Sonata, composed in 1871 and dedicated to his teacher Kullak, is a youthful work full of ambition, sustaining a constant driving energy within a fairly formal sonata framework. The work is cast in four movements, with the scherzo being placed second. The rather short slow third movement really serves as an introduction to a furious and impassioned finale. A new edition with some small revisions appeared around 1905, but the version here is the original.

from notes by Martin Eastick © 2002

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