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Clementi: Capriccios & Variations / Howard Shelley, piano

Audio Samples

>Clementi, Muzio : Capriccio for harpsichord or piano in B flat major, Op. 17
>Clementi, Muzio : Capriccio in A major, Op. 34/3
>Clementi, Muzio : Capriccio in F major, Op. 34/4
>Clementi, Muzio : Capriccio for piano in E minor, Op. 47/1
>Clementi, Muzio : Capriccio for piano in C major, Op. 47/2
>Clementi, Muzio : The Black Joke with 21 variations, for piano or harpsichord in G major, WoO 2
>Clementi, Muzio : La chasse, for harpsichord or piano in D major, Op. 16
>Clementi, Muzio : Monferrinas (12) for piano, Op. 49
>Clementi, Muzio : Fantasie with Variations "Au clair de la lune" for piano in C minor/C major, Op. 48
>Clementi, Muzio : Batti, Batti, for piano (arranged from Mozart's "Don Giovanni"), WoO 10
>Clementi, Muzio : Variations (5) on a Minuet by Mr. Collick, for piano in F major, WoO 5
>Clementi, Muzio : Rondo for harpsichord (or piano) in B flat major, WoO 8
>Clementi, Muzio : Musical Characteristics, Op. 19
>     Prelude 1 alla Haydn
>     Prelude 2 alla Haydn
>     Prelude 1 alla Kozeluch
>     Prelude 2 alla Kozeluch
>     Prelude 1 alla Mozart
>     Prelude 2 alla Mozart
>     Prelude 1 alla Sterkel
>     Prelude 2 alla Sterkel
>     Prelude 1 alla Vanhal
>     Prelude 2 alla Vanhal
>     Prelude 1 alla Clementi
>     Prelude 2 alla Clementi

Album Summary

>Clementi, Muzio : Capriccio for harpsichord or piano in B flat major, Op. 17
>Clementi, Muzio : Capriccio in A major, Op. 34/3
>Clementi, Muzio : Capriccio in F major, Op. 34/4
>Clementi, Muzio : Capriccio for piano in E minor, Op. 47/1
>Clementi, Muzio : Capriccio for piano in C major, Op. 47/2
>Clementi, Muzio : The Black Joke with 21 variations, for piano or harpsichord in G major, WoO 2
>Clementi, Muzio : La chasse, for harpsichord or piano in D major, Op. 16
>Clementi, Muzio : Monferrinas (12) for piano, Op. 49
>Clementi, Muzio : Fantasie with Variations "Au clair de la lune" for piano in C minor/C major, Op. 48
>Clementi, Muzio : Batti, Batti, for piano (arranged from Mozart's "Don Giovanni"), WoO 10
>Clementi, Muzio : Variations (5) on a Minuet by Mr. Collick, for piano in F major, WoO 5
>Clementi, Muzio : Rondo for harpsichord (or piano) in B flat major, WoO 8
>Clementi, Muzio : Musical Characteristics, Op. 19
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Notes & Reviews:

Howard Shelley's survey of the piano sonatas of Clementi has been acclaimed not only as a set of benchmark performances, but also as a rediscovery of a composer who was uniquely important in his lifetime. This set of Capriccios and Variations is something of a footnote to the series. These works demonstrate Clementi's lighter and more whimsical side, with many fantastical virtuoso flourishes of an improvisatory feel. Dramatic, radically experimental, often determinedly chromatic, these works show the aging composer still at work in the forefront of the most modern keyboard style.

Classic FM Magazine
Shelley dances out the Black Joke's jig theme with infectious delight...his command is supreme in the flashy chords, springy bass-lines and funky accents of the virtuosic Capriccios and though he plays a modern Steinway, his touch is sensitive enough, especially in the bass, to suggest the tone of an original Broadwood.

BBC Music Magazine
Even the slightest, most trivial pieces are enhanced by Howard Shelley's brisk tempos, and he's served by an infallible technique, from virtuoso finger-dexterity to deeply expressive, spacious reflection elsewhere...from the six discs of Sonatas, complemented by these varied remaining pieces, emerges the distinctive voice of, at best, a truly outstanding composer.

Gramophone Magazine
There are over 152 minutes of music on the present discs, much of it demanding. How Shelley manages to absorb it all and then convince you that he has been playing it all his life with his characteristic elegance and dexterity is a gift given to few. Such an eminent composer deserves no less.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010).



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Works Details

>Clementi, Muzio : Capriccio for harpsichord or piano in B flat major, Op. 17
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Clementi, Muzio : Capriccio in A major, Op. 34/3
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1795

>Clementi, Muzio : Capriccio in F major, Op. 34/4
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1795

>Clementi, Muzio : Capriccio for piano in E minor, Op. 47/1
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821

>Clementi, Muzio : Capriccio for piano in C major, Op. 47/2
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821

>Clementi, Muzio : The Black Joke with 21 variations, for piano or harpsichord in G major, WoO 2
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1777

>Clementi, Muzio : La chasse, for harpsichord or piano in D major, Op. 16
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Clementi, Muzio : Monferrinas (12) for piano, Op. 49
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821

>Clementi, Muzio : Fantasie with Variations "Au clair de la lune" for piano in C minor/C major, Op. 48
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1821

>Clementi, Muzio : Batti, Batti, for piano (arranged from Mozart's "Don Giovanni"), WoO 10
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1820

>Clementi, Muzio : Variations (5) on a Minuet by Mr. Collick, for piano in F major, WoO 5
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1793

>Clementi, Muzio : Rondo for harpsichord (or piano) in B flat major, WoO 8
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: ?1802

>Clementi, Muzio : Musical Characteristics, Op. 19 :: Prelude 1 alla Haydn
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Clementi, Muzio : Musical Characteristics, Op. 19 :: Prelude 2 alla Haydn
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Clementi, Muzio : Musical Characteristics, Op. 19 :: Prelude 1 alla Kozeluch
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Clementi, Muzio : Musical Characteristics, Op. 19 :: Prelude 2 alla Kozeluch
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Clementi, Muzio : Musical Characteristics, Op. 19 :: Prelude 1 alla Mozart
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Clementi, Muzio : Musical Characteristics, Op. 19 :: Prelude 2 alla Mozart
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Clementi, Muzio : Musical Characteristics, Op. 19 :: Prelude 1 alla Sterkel
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Clementi, Muzio : Musical Characteristics, Op. 19 :: Prelude 2 alla Sterkel
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Clementi, Muzio : Musical Characteristics, Op. 19 :: Prelude 1 alla Vanhal
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Clementi, Muzio : Musical Characteristics, Op. 19 :: Prelude 2 alla Vanhal
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Clementi, Muzio : Musical Characteristics, Op. 19 :: Prelude 1 alla Clementi
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787

>Clementi, Muzio : Musical Characteristics, Op. 19 :: Prelude 2 alla Clementi
  • Performer: Howard Shelley (Piano)
  • Notes: St Silas the Martyr, St Silas Place, London, England (10/25/2010-10/28/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1787