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Piano Sonata in B minor, Op 40 No 2
composer
registered 11 September 1802; published by Longman, Clementi & Co in September 1802

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'Clementi: Piano Sonatas' (CDA66808)
Clementi: Piano Sonatas
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Details
Introduction: Molto adagio e sostenuto
Movement 1: Allegro con fuoco e con espressione
Track 11 on CDA66808 [6'05] Archive Service
Movement 1: Molto adagio e sostenuto – Allegro con fuoco e con espressione
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Movement 2a: Largo mesto e patetico
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Movement 2b: Allegro
Track 13 on CDA66808 [2'30] Archive Service
Movement 2b: Allegro – Tempo I – Presto
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Movement 2c: Tempo I
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Movement 2d: Presto
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Piano Sonata in B minor, Op 40 No 2
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The Sonata in B minor shows Clementi again at his best when writing in a minor key. Still experimenting restlessly with large-scale formal plans, he once more arrives at a solution that is for him entirely new: there are two big movements in the tonic (both sonata-allegro types), each preceded with a slow introduction. The Largo mesto e patetico introduction to the final movement produces a subsidiary theme that is adopted as the first material of the Allegro that follows, and the Largo itself appears (as in the first movement of Beethoven’s ‘Pathétique’ Sonata) at the point of recapitulation. The first movement starts with an introduction of high pathos and stabbing dissonance; even its middle section in the relative major (D major) suggests not relief, but something like melancholy resignation. The Allegro con fuoco e con espressione that follows is one of Clementi’s fine driving, appassionato movements in a minor key, akin to the memorable first movement of his Sonata in G minor, Op 34 No 2.

from notes by Leon Plantinga © 2010

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Details for CDA66808 track 15
Movement 2d: Presto
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-95-80815
Duration
1'07
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 15
    Release date: July 1995
    Deletion date: April 2005
    Archive Service
  2. Clementi: Piano Sonatas (CDH55227)
    Disc 1 Track 15
    Release date: July 2006
    Deletion date: October 2012
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — Superseded by CDA66808
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