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Piano Sonata in F sharp minor, Op 25 No 5
composer
registered 8 June 1790; also known as Op 26 No 2

Recordings
'Clementi: Piano Sonatas' (CDA66808)
Clementi: Piano Sonatas
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'Clementi: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4' (CDA67738)
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Movement 1: Più tosto allegro con espressione
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Track 4 on CDA66808 [8'42] Archive Service
Movement 2: Lento e patetico
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Track 5 on CDA66808 [5'36] Archive Service
Movement 3: Presto
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Track 6 on CDA66808 [3'43] Archive Service

Piano Sonata in F sharp minor, Op 25 No 5
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The F sharp minor Sonata—usually identified as Op 26 No 2 but in fact published originally by Dale of London as the fifth of ‘Six Sonatas for the Piano Forte; dedicated to Mrs Meyrick … Opera 25’ (entered Stationers’ Hall, 8 June 1790)—is an example of what Shedlock in 1895 defined as that class of Clementi work where ‘his heart and soul were engaged’ to the full. The tenor of its first movement is a mixture of dolce expression, capricious fingerwork, off-beat sforzando accents, teasing articulation (the slurs and dots tell in an orchestral way), and tonal surprise (not least the polarity of the exposition which closes in the dominant minor, C sharp, rather than the expected relative major, A, of Classical routine). The reprise—expanded and developmental—is irregular: alternately bleak and brilliant in figuration and character, what it does in particular with the opening idea (imitatively, registrally, harmonically) is wittily provocative.

The middle slow movement is in B minor, a poignantly felt song, potently textured and voiced, dramatic in its contrasts of soft and loud, of minorial pathos and sweet maggiore release, of dark diminished-seventh tension, of poetically meaningful ornamentation. Structurally its shape is elegant and balanced, combining breadth of phrasing with economy of expression. The 3/8 Presto finale is an imaginatively inventive cameo of Scarlattian brilliance and Mendelssohnian fleetness, of glittering thirds and equally elfin and stormy octaves. Historically, such music is Classical. Temperamentally, it is Romantic.

from notes by Ates Orga © 1995

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Details for CDA66808 track 5
Lento e patetico
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-95-80805
Duration
5'36
Recording date
3 December 1994
Recording venue
Snape Maltings, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Ates Orga
Recording engineer
Ken Blair
Hyperion usage
  1. Clementi: Piano Sonatas (CDA66808)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: July 1995
    Deletion date: April 2005
    Archive Service
  2. Clementi: Piano Sonatas (CDH55227)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: July 2006
    Deletion date: October 2012
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Superseded by CDA66808
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