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Muzio Clementi (1752-1832): Piano Concerto, Op. 33/3; Symphonies Op. 18/1 & 2 / Bruno Canino, piano

Album Summary

>Clementi, Muzio : Concerto for Piano in C major (Op-sn 30, orchestrated by Johann Schenk)
>Clementi, Muzio : Minuetto Pastorale, for orchestra in D, WoO 36 (Op-sn 31)
>Clementi, Muzio : Symphony in B flat major, Op. 18/1
>Clementi, Muzio : Symphony in D major, Op. 18/2
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
Some important facts first. He wrote six symphonies. Four are late works (1820s) and are numbered 1-4. Two of them were put into performing shape by Alfredo Casella and published in the 1930s. All four were published in 1975 in a more scholarly edition by Pietro Spada. Of the other performances of Clementi symphonies, our reviewers have praised Scimone on Erato and Matthias Bamert on Chandos. If you get this for the concerto, I'm sure you will be pleased with the symphonies, too.

These four works are among the few surviving examples of Muzio Clementi's early orchestral music. The two Symphonies, Op. 18 follow Classical models but are full of the surprise modulations and dynamic contrasts to be found in his piano sonatas. The Piano Concerto has a dazzling solo part and some delightful orchestral touches. Clementi's Symphonies Nos. 1-4 can be heard on Naxos 8.573071 and 8.573112.



Reviews

Mozart's rival runs a very close second
Piano virtuoso Muzio Clementi once engaged in a contest with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart to determine who was the better pianist. According to the crowd, when it came to pianistic talent, it was a tie. When it comes to compositions, though, history judged Mozart the winner. But Clementi's a very close second.

This is the fourth release of Clementi's music by the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma directed by Francesco La Vecchia for Naxos. Like the previous albums, this has some of Clementi's symphonies, but this time the ensemble goes a little farther.

The high point of the disc is the Piano Concerto in C major, Op. 33, NO. 3. At first blush, it sounds very much like an early Mozart piano concerto. Clementi, though, doesn't mind showing off. The piano part is full of difficult passages and dizzying runs that are meant to dazzle. And they do. Bruno Canino not only plays meticulously, but with a light touch that's perfectly suited to this work. Clementi wrote the concerto to entertain -- and entertainment is what this performance delivers.

The disc also includes two short symphonies from Clementi's Op. 18. These works are also light in texture and content, and the delicate reading they get from La Vecchia and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma is right in character.

If you love Mozart, you should like Clementi. And with this recording, there's a lot to like.
Submitted on 09/12/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Clementi, Muzio : Concerto for Piano in C major (Op-sn 30, orchestrated by Johann Schenk)
  • Performer: Bruno Canino (Piano)
  • Conductor: Francesco Vecchia
  • Ensemble: Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma
  • Notes: Auditorium di via Conciliazione, Rome (10/28/2012-10/29/2012)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1796

>Clementi, Muzio : Minuetto Pastorale, for orchestra in D, WoO 36 (Op-sn 31)
  • Performer: Bruno Canino (Piano)
  • Conductor: Francesco Vecchia
  • Notes: OSR Studios, Rome (12/27/2012-12/30/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical

>Clementi, Muzio : Symphony in B flat major, Op. 18/1
  • Performer: Bruno Canino (Piano)
  • Conductor: Francesco Vecchia
  • Notes: OSR Studios, Rome (12/27/2012-12/30/2012)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1787

>Clementi, Muzio : Symphony in D major, Op. 18/2
  • Performer: Bruno Canino (Piano)
  • Conductor: Francesco Vecchia
  • Notes: OSR Studios, Rome (12/27/2012-12/30/2012)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1787