Notes & Reviews:
The unstoppable, 87-year-old pianist Aldo Ciccolini returns with another scintillating disc of solo piano works for the young label La Dolce Volta. Following on his first and highly-praised recording devoted to Mozart, Ciccolini pairs further recordings of Mozart with Muzio Clementi's Piano Sonata No.2, Op.34. Clementi is now known mainly for his pedagogical works, but he is a major figure in the history of music for the piano and was greatly admired by Beethoven. Ciccolini's Mozart selections include the Piano Sonata K332 and the celebrated diptych comprising the Fantasy in C Minor K475 and the Piano Sonata in C Minor K457.
American Record Guide, July/August 2013
At 87, Ciccolini plays better than many great pianists half his age. This beautiful program couples three famous Mozart pieces (the Fantasy and Sonata in C minor along with the Fmajor Sonata, K 332) and Clementi's G-minor Sonata, Op. 34:2. He is subtle, makes his musical points simply but effectively. Ciccolini's tone is luminous; the sound is superb.