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Sonata in F minor 'Sonata Minacciosa', Op 53 No 2

'Medtner: The Complete Piano Sonatas' (CDA67221/4)
Medtner: The Complete Piano Sonatas
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Sonata in F minor 'Sonata Minacciosa', Op 53 No 2
The Sonata Minacciosa gives explicit and extended expression to the sense of threat underlying the preceding work. Medtner called it his ‘most contemporary composition’, explaining that it reflected ‘the threatening atmosphere of contemporary events’, though it was also probably as much affected by his own recent misfortunes. In one long movement, which exhaustively treats only a small amount of material, the work arguably shows Medtner at his most rigorously intellectual. In particular, the development section incorporates an elaborate fugal episode, and is remarkable as much for the range of tonalities through which it passes as for its rhythmic freedom. In a tailpiece to the coda, the composer ends the sonata in characteristic fashion with an outburst of defiant optimism.

from notes by Barrie Martyn © 1998

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67221/4 disc 4 track 10
Recording date
1 August 1996
Recording venue
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
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  1. Medtner: The Complete Piano Sonatas (CDA67221/4)
    Disc 4 Track 10
    Release date: September 1998
    4CDs for the price of 3
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