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Track(s) taken from CDA67879

Bagatelle in C minor, WoO52

1797; Presto; first published in 1888

Steven Osborne (piano)
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Recording details: July 2011
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Simon Eadon
Release date: May 2012
Total duration: 4 minutes 8 seconds

Cover artwork: House on the Water (1930) by Paul Klee (1879-1940)
Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Art Library, London


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The C minor Presto WoO52 dates from 1797, and was possibly intended for inclusion in the Piano Sonata in the same key Op 10 No 1. In its definitive form, the Sonata was Beethoven’s first work of its kind to be cast in three movements rather than four, and he may have discarded the scherzo-like piece because its tempo was too similar to that of the finale. It was first published in 1888, in tandem with the C major Allegretto WoO56.

from notes by Misha Donat © 2012

Le Presto en ut mineur WoO52 date de 1797 et était peut-être destiné à figurer dans la Sonate pour piano, op. 10 no 1, de même tonalité. Sous sa forme définitive, cette sonate était la première œuvre de Beethoven de son genre coulée en trois mouvements plutôt qu’en quatre, et il a peut-être abandonné la pièce dans le style d’un scherzo parce que son tempo ressemblait trop à celui du finale. Cette pièce a été publiée pour la première fois en 1888, conjointement avec l’Allegretto en ut majeur, WoO56.

extrait des notes rédigées par Misha Donat © 2012
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Das Presto in c-Moll, WoO52, entstand im Jahre 1797 und sollte möglicherweise ursprünglich noch in die Klaviersonate op. 10 Nr. 1 (ebenfalls in c-Moll) eingefügt werden. In ihrer endgültigen Form war diese Sonate Beethovens erstes Werk dieser Art, das in drei anstelle der üblichen vier Sätzen angelegt war, und es ist möglich, dass er das scherzohafte Stück deshalb verwarf, weil es im Tempo zu sehr wie das Finale der Sonate geartet war. Es wurde erstmals im Jahre 1888 herausgegeben, zusammen mit dem Allegretto in C-Dur, WoO56.

aus dem Begleittext von Misha Donat © 2012
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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