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Muzio Clementi: Grand - His Works, His Fortepiano / Shuko Watanabe, piano; Timothy Gaylard, piano

Album Summary

>Clementi, Muzio : Musical Character Pieces, Op. 19
>Clementi, Muzio : Sonatina for piano in F major, Op. 36/4
>Clementi, Muzio : Sonatina for piano in D major, Op. 36/6
>Clementi, Muzio : Harpsichord (Piano) Sonata in B flat major, Op. 24/2
>Clementi, Muzio : Duet for piano (or harpsichord), 4 hands in C major, Op. 3/1
>Clementi, Muzio : Duet for piano, 4 hands in E flat major, Op. 14/3
>Clementi, Muzio : Sonata for Keyboard with Flute Accompaniment in G major, Op. 2/3
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Notes & Reviews:

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
On this album, pianists Shuko Watanabe and Timothy Gaylord perform on one of the original fortepianos from Clementi's factory. That fact alone makes this an unusual disc, since most historic keyboard albums are recorded with contemporary reproductions. Gaylord's playing has power. Byron W. Petty's wooden flute, heard in the Sonata in G, was no doubt tacked on to this program to prove that tuning in the late classical period was indeed a relative concept.

What must it feel like to play an instrument that is one of seven known to exist in the world and is two hundred years old? Pianists Shuko Watanabe and Timothy Gaylard know this feeling, playing works written by Muzio Clementi (1752-1832) on a Clementi grandforte piano in pieces on the Navona Records release, CLEMENTI GRAND. The Clementi grand featured on this album was a gift by Dr. Lawrence Smith and his wife Ganelle to the Department of Music at Washington & Lee University in Lexington VA, and celebrates the bicentennial of its production this year. Some of Clementi's most well-known pieces as well as some lesser-known works are presented, including four preludes from Musical Character Pieces, two of his didactic sonatinas, the famous Sonata in B-flat that Clementi played in Vienna at a contest with Mozart in 1781, two symphonic-sounding four-handed duets, and a rondo for keyboard and flute, featuring flutist Byron W. Petty. Watanabe and Gaylard honor this Clementi grand fortepiano with energy and enthusiasm.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Wilson Concert Hall, Washington & Lee University, Lexin (2013-08-13&2013-08-30_2013-).



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Works Details

>Clementi, Muzio : Musical Character Pieces, Op. 19 :: Prelude no 1. Moderato in B flat major "in the style of Haydn"
  • Performer: Shuko Watanabe (Piano)
  • Notes: Wilson Concert Hall, Washington & Lee University, Lexington VA (2013-08-13&2013-08-30_2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Clementi, Muzio : Musical Character Pieces, Op. 19 :: Prelude no 2. Allegro in C major "in the style of Haydn"
  • Performer: Shuko Watanabe (Piano)
  • Notes: Wilson Concert Hall, Washington & Lee University, Lexington VA (2013-08-13&2013-08-30_2013-)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Clementi, Muzio : Musical Character Pieces, Op. 19 :: Prelude no 5. Andante in F major "in the style of Mozart"
  • Performer: Timothy Gaylard (Piano)
  • Notes: Wilson Concert Hall, Washington & Lee University, Lexington VA (2013-08-13&2013-08-30_2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Clementi, Muzio : Musical Character Pieces, Op. 19 :: Prelude no 6. Allegro in A major "in the style of Mozart"
  • Performer: Timothy Gaylard (Piano)
  • Notes: Wilson Concert Hall, Washington & Lee University, Lexington VA (2013-08-13&2013-08-30_2013-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Clementi, Muzio : Sonatina for piano in F major, Op. 36/4
  • Performer: Shuko Watanabe (Piano)
  • Notes: Wilson Concert Hall, Washington & Lee University, Lexington VA (2013-08-13&2013-08-30_2013-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797

>Clementi, Muzio : Sonatina for piano in D major, Op. 36/6
  • Performer: Shuko Watanabe (Piano)
  • Notes: Wilson Concert Hall, Washington & Lee University, Lexington VA (2013-08-13&2013-08-30_2013-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1797

>Clementi, Muzio : Harpsichord (Piano) Sonata in B flat major, Op. 24/2
  • Performer: Timothy Gaylard (Piano)
  • Notes: Wilson Concert Hall, Washington & Lee University, Lexington VA (2013-08-13&2013-08-30_2013-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1788-1789

>Clementi, Muzio : Duet for piano (or harpsichord), 4 hands in C major, Op. 3/1
  • Performers: Timothy Gaylard (Piano); Shuko Watanabe (Piano)
  • Notes: Wilson Concert Hall, Washington & Lee University, Lexington VA (2013-08-13&2013-08-30_2013-)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1779

>Clementi, Muzio : Duet for piano, 4 hands in E flat major, Op. 14/3
  • Performers: Timothy Gaylard (Piano); Shuko Watanabe (Piano)
  • Notes: Wilson Concert Hall, Washington & Lee University, Lexington VA (2013-08-13&2013-08-30_2013-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Clementi, Muzio : Sonata for Keyboard with Flute Accompaniment in G major, Op. 2/3 :: 2. Rondo
  • Performers: Byron Petty (Flute); Shuko Watanabe (Piano)
  • Notes: Wilson Concert Hall, Washington & Lee University, Lexington VA (2013-08-13&2013-08-30_2013-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1779