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Muzio Clementi: Sonatas for Piano and Violin / Massimo Anfossi, piano; Mario Vassilev, violin

Album Summary

>Clementi, Muzio : Piano (Harpsichord) Sonata with flute (or violin) accompaniment in F major, Op. 3/4
>Clementi, Muzio : Piano (Harpsichord) Sonata with flute (or violin) accompaniment in B flat major, Op. 3/5
>Clementi, Muzio : Piano (Harpsichord) Sonata with flute (or violin) accompaniment in C major, Op. 3/6
>Clementi, Muzio : Sonata for Piano with violin (or flute) accompaniment in G major, Op. 13/1
>Clementi, Muzio : Sonata for Piano with violin (or flute) accompaniment in C major, Op. 13/2
>Clementi, Muzio : Sonata for Piano with violin (or flute) accompaniment in E flat major, Op. 13/3
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Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Muzio Clementi wrote the last three sonatas of his Op. 3 for violin or flute and keyboard in 1779. They are pleasant pieces that are short and sweet. The later set of sonatas, the first three of Op. 13 from 1785, are much more adventurous. They call for more virtuosity in both the violin part and the piano part and a great deal of expression in the middle movements of the first two sonatas, which are for piano alone. The playing is lovely and sensitive, and the musicians respect the boundaries imposed by the earlier sonatas and indulge extravagantly in the drama of the later sonatas. I wish that Newton had arranged it so that the Op. 13 Sonatas would be heard first because they are excellent pieces. The Op. 13 Sonatas make abundantly clear why Beethoven and Czerny admired Clementi so much.

Muzio Clementi's compositions date from 1765 - an unpublished Sonata in A-flat major was written when the boy was just 13 years of age - through to 1821 and the publication of his Op.50. However, this half-century of intense activity was by no means exclusively dedicated to composition. His musical roles were widespread, ranging from composer, performer and interpreter (Clementi was one of the most admired pianists of his day) to those of teacher, editor and even pianoforte maker. His output for the piano was truly impressive, comprising of more than 100 sonatas (for either two or four hands, and sometimes for two pianos), as well as other works requiring violin or flute (often with optional cello parts), all of which were becoming popular formats towards the end of the eighteenth century. This is another set of six sonatas, three of which, again, are written for the keyboard/violin partnership: a form to which Clementi was now returning following a four-year period of compositions for the piano alone. This time, however, the style was clearly more advanced and mature. Clementi would remain generally committed to this method until his Op.35 appeared in 1796, and the period is certainly fundamental to his artistic legacy.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Condulmer Recording Studio, Mogliano Veneto, Italy (10/23/1998-10/27/1998).



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>Clementi, Muzio : Piano (Harpsichord) Sonata with flute (or violin) accompaniment in F major, Op. 3/4
  • Performers: Massimo Anfossi (Piano); Mario Vassilev (Violin)
  • Notes: Condulmer Recording Studio, Mogliano Veneto, Italy (10/23/1998-10/27/1998)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1779

>Clementi, Muzio : Piano (Harpsichord) Sonata with flute (or violin) accompaniment in B flat major, Op. 3/5
  • Performers: Massimo Anfossi (Piano); Mario Vassilev (Violin)
  • Notes: Condulmer Recording Studio, Mogliano Veneto, Italy (10/23/1998-10/27/1998)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1779

>Clementi, Muzio : Piano (Harpsichord) Sonata with flute (or violin) accompaniment in C major, Op. 3/6
  • Performers: Massimo Anfossi (Piano); Mario Vassilev (Violin)
  • Notes: Condulmer Recording Studio, Mogliano Veneto, Italy (10/23/1998-10/27/1998)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1779

>Clementi, Muzio : Sonata for Piano with violin (or flute) accompaniment in G major, Op. 13/1
  • Performers: Massimo Anfossi (Piano); Mario Vassilev (Violin)
  • Notes: Condulmer Recording Studio, Mogliano Veneto, Italy (10/23/1998-10/27/1998)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1785

>Clementi, Muzio : Sonata for Piano with violin (or flute) accompaniment in C major, Op. 13/2
  • Performers: Massimo Anfossi (Piano); Mario Vassilev (Violin)
  • Notes: Condulmer Recording Studio, Mogliano Veneto, Italy (10/23/1998-10/27/1998)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1785

>Clementi, Muzio : Sonata for Piano with violin (or flute) accompaniment in E flat major, Op. 13/3
  • Performers: Massimo Anfossi (Piano); Mario Vassilev (Violin)
  • Notes: Condulmer Recording Studio, Mogliano Veneto, Italy (10/23/1998-10/27/1998)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1785