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Clementi: Complete Piano Sonatas Vol 2 / Howard Shelley

Album Summary

>Clementi, Muzio : Harpsichord (Piano) Sonatas (3), Op. 9
>Clementi, Muzio : Harpsichord (Piano) Sonatas (3), Op. 10
>Clementi, Muzio : Sonata for Piano in B flat major, Op. 11/1
>Clementi, Muzio : Toccata for harpsichord or piano in B flat major, Op. 11/2
>Clementi, Muzio : Piano Sonatas (4), Op. 12
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This is the second volume in Howard Shelley's complete chronological survey of the Clementi sonatas, which Hyperion hopes to complete in six '2 for the price of 1' double CD sets released over the next three years. After the somewhat frivolous delights of volume one, volume two displays Clementi in more serious and weighty form. The selection recorded here, particularly the Op. 12 sonatas, is of pieces that begin to reveal depths of expression seldom encountered in the composer's earlier music. Muzio Clementi was, for much of his long career, one of the most famous musicians in Europe.

'Clementi's sonatas have been neglected for far too long ... we have had to wait an extraordinarily long time for a complete survey of this quality ... with performances as characterful as Shelley's and with two CDs for the price of one, this is a genuine bargain, one that is likely to delight and to amaze in equal measure' (International Record Review)

'This second instalment of all Clementi's 70-odd sonatas in chronological order is no less relevatory than the first ... the sonatas combine the high spirits and dexterity of Scarlatti with the classicism of Haydn and Mozart; some of the slow movements have an even greater depth of expression than theirs ... furthermore, you get two discs for the price of one. Difficult to resist!' (Classic FM Magazine)

'As in Vol 1 of his Clementi cycle, Howard Shelley's crystalline touch, poised elegance at speed and (in the slow movements) gentle flexibility are well nigh ideal' (Gramophone)

'These soul-searching works are rendered with profound feeling and sensitivity by Shelley, a worthy Clementi champion for our age' (The Observer)

'Shelley has no problem meeting Clementi's demands, and he tosses off all the works here with elegant virtuosity' (BBC Music Magazine)



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Works Details

>Clementi, Muzio : Harpsichord (Piano) Sonatas (3), Op. 9
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (02/11/2008-02/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 34 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Clementi, Muzio : Harpsichord (Piano) Sonatas (3), Op. 10
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (02/11/2008-02/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1783

>Clementi, Muzio : Sonata for Piano in B flat major, Op. 11/1
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (02/11/2008-02/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1784

>Clementi, Muzio : Toccata for harpsichord or piano in B flat major, Op. 11/2
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (02/11/2008-02/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1784

>Clementi, Muzio : Piano Sonatas (4), Op. 12
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints Church, East Finchley, London, England (02/11/2008-02/15/2008)
  • Running Time: 53 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1784