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Clementi: Complete Piano Sonatas Vol 3 / Howard Shelley

Album Summary

>Clementi, Muzio : Sonata for Piano in B flat major, Op. 13/4
>Clementi, Muzio : Sonata for Piano in F major, Op. 13/5
>Clementi, Muzio : Sonata for Piano in F minor, Op.13/6
>Clementi, Muzio : Piano (Harpsichord) Sonata in C major, Op. 20
>Clementi, Muzio : Harpsichord (Piano) Sonata in F major, WoO 3 (Op-sn 13)
>Clementi, Muzio : Piano (Harpsichord) Sonata in E flat major, Op. 23/1
>Clementi, Muzio : Piano (Harpsichord) Sonata in F major, Op. 23/2
>Clementi, Muzio : Piano (Harpsichord) Sonata in E flat major, Op. 23/3
>Clementi, Muzio : Harpsichord (Piano) Sonata in F major, Op. 24/1
>Clementi, Muzio : Harpsichord (Piano) Sonata in B flat major, Op. 24/2
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Notes & Reviews:

Howard Shelley's series of Clementi's piano sonatas has received great critical acclaim and is increasing interest in this under-recorded composer. The sonatas in the present volume date from the period just after Clementi's adventures in Europe of 1780-83 that included an unfortunate and well-known confrontation with Mozart. Clementi moved back to London and there had a considerable reputation as a performer, composer and teacher. His playing was praised, among other things, for its "novel freedoms in tempo and dynamics in the service of heightened expression" and those qualities are noticeable in the works recorded here.

'The third volume of Howard Shelley's invaluable survey of Clementi piano sonatas confirms every expectation. Once more you are left to marvel at his unfailing brilliance and musicianship, qualities that can lift and enliven even the most predictable and mechanical gestures ... Every finger-twisting challenge is met with effortless ease, energy and grace, and Hyperion's sound is, as usual, of demonstration quality' (Gramophone)

'Shelley is a stunning advocate for the inventive, progressive and fully mature piano works by this underated composer ... The best to date ... Clementi is a keyboard master of the highest order. The Adagio of the Second Sonata is a brilliant example of Shelley's finely chiselled tone, and dare I say that nobody can equal him in the last Presto movements of the opus 13 sonatas. This is what the record industry should be: A library of discoveries, where you stumble on unknown works played to perfection by a master pianist. What more could one wish for?' (Pianist Magazine)

'There are several gems in this collection, especially the Sonata in F minor Op 13 ... The other sonatas here are also works of real quality and certainly worthy of comparison with the galant keyboard sonatas of Mozart and Haydn ... Clementi's sonatas have been neglected for too long: these are not mere virtuoso showcases but works with a real sense of structure and motivic development, with an astonishing inventiveness of keyboard figurations and ideas, and with a melodic fecundity that never ceases to amaze. Shelley's articulation is impeccable and the technical intricacies pose no challenges ... With performances of this commitment, with two discs for the price of one, immaculate sound from Hyperion and booklet notes by Leon Plantinga, this comes with the strongest recommendation' (International Record Review)

'Shelley's third volume makes abundantly clear that Clementi at best was an outstanding composer ... He tempers the virtuoso finger-dexterity of the 'mechanicus' with sensitive expressiveness, including moments of wonderfully luminous half-pedalling, and meticulous balance to expose inner motifs. He's well served by lively and immediate recording' (BBC Music Magazine)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The third volume of Howard Shelley's invaluable survey of Clementi piano sonatas confirms every expectation. Once more you are left to marvel at his unfailing brilliance and musicianship, qualities that can lift and enliven even the most predictable and mechanical gestures.

There may be possible thefts from Mozart (who disliked Clementi) and prophecies of Beethoven but, more generally, it would be difficult to imagine all these works, whether slight or distinguished, given with greater skill, zest and affection.

Every finger-twisting challenge is met with effortless ease, energy and grace, and Hyperion's sound is, as usual, of demonstration quality.



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>Clementi, Muzio : Sonata for Piano in B flat major, Op. 13/4
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (09/30/2008-10/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1785

>Clementi, Muzio : Sonata for Piano in F major, Op. 13/5
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (09/30/2008-10/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1785

>Clementi, Muzio : Sonata for Piano in F minor, Op.13/6
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (09/30/2008-10/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1785

>Clementi, Muzio : Piano (Harpsichord) Sonata in C major, Op. 20
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (09/30/2008-10/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Clementi, Muzio : Harpsichord (Piano) Sonata in F major, WoO 3 (Op-sn 13)
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (09/30/2008-10/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1789-1790

>Clementi, Muzio : Piano (Harpsichord) Sonata in E flat major, Op. 23/1
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (09/30/2008-10/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790

>Clementi, Muzio : Piano (Harpsichord) Sonata in F major, Op. 23/2
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (09/30/2008-10/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790

>Clementi, Muzio : Piano (Harpsichord) Sonata in E flat major, Op. 23/3
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (09/30/2008-10/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790

>Clementi, Muzio : Harpsichord (Piano) Sonata in F major, Op. 24/1
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (09/30/2008-10/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1788-1789

>Clementi, Muzio : Harpsichord (Piano) Sonata in B flat major, Op. 24/2
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (09/30/2008-10/03/2008)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1788-1789