The second CD includes the famous Nocturne 18 whose original title was Midi (or ‘Twelve O’clock Rondo’). The Third Sonata occupies the midway point in the recital. Its first movement is just a little hectoring (Beethovenian con Fuoco was not Field’s natural element) but the closing Rondo simulates another popular air for its basis. As before, the recording is very natural.
"Once again Naxos scores with a little-known pianist, and the program includes the last of Field's Op. 1 sonatas that he wrote in 1801. It is in two movements but shows considerable influence by Clementi and Dussek. It is a polished, rather simple work. The balance of the disc completes the Nocturnes that began on 550761 (May/June), including the rarely heard Nocturne 18, which is actually a rondo.
"They are beautifully played by the young British pianist Benjamin Frith. The recording is good and the notes are fine. All in all, this is an attractive bargain."
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