Notes & Reviews:
Muzio Clementi grew up during the period that saw the end of the baroque, and the beginning of the classical age in music. His influence upon younger composers was marked. Beethoven's early piano sonatas show that he had a thorough knowledge of those by Clementi. The works on this 3 CD set are from his early years. The op.11 sonata with its toccata movement, however, is a remarkable work for 1784. It probably also existed as a piano concerto, as the left hand has some very difficult running figuration, providing almost orchestral texture and color. Also of note is the first of four Capriccios Clementi composed. The last two are large works of 20 minutes duration each. This 1787 is a more modest affair, and is based on two popular songs of the time. Constantino Mastropriminano performs on a Kirckman, 1798 fortepiano (Collection Edwin Beunk, Enschede).
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