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Beethoven's three piano sonatas op. 2 were the first works in this genre to which he gave an opus number; thus signalling to the musical world the special importance that he assigned to them. He wrote them during his first years in Vienna and; along with his op. 1 piano trios; they helped to establish his reputation as one of the most significant composers of his time. These three sonatas - all of them small masterpieces - are arranged in ascending order of difficulty and virtuosity. The four-movement Sonata in f minor is often called the “Little Appassionata” because it shares with the famous Sonata op. 57 not just its key; but also its impassioned mood - especially in the last movement. Murray Perahia's fingerings have been tried and tested over several decades of performing these works; and offer a new approach to these milestones of the piano repertoire.Replaces HN183
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