Complete Piano Sonatas Vol 3

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CLEMENTI
Complete Piano Sonatas Vol 3
Howard Shelley (piano)

[ Hyperion / 2 CD ]

Release Date: Wednesday 20 May 2009

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'Shelley's third volume makes abundantly clear that Clementi at best was an outstanding composer … He's well served by lively and immediate recording' (BBC Music Magazine)

'There are several gems in this collection, especially the Sonata in F minor Op 13 … The other sonatas here are also works of real quality and certainly worthy of comparison with the galant keyboard sonatas of Mozart and Haydn … Clementi's sonatas have been neglected for too long: these are not mere virtuoso showcases but works with a real sense of structure and motivic development, with an astonishing inventiveness of keyboard figurations and ideas, and with a melodic fecundity that never ceases to amaze. Shelley's articulation is impeccable and the technical intricacies pose no challenges … With performances of this commitment, with two discs for the price of one, immaculate sound from Hyperion and booklet notes by Leon Plantinga, this comes with the strongest recommendation' (International Record Review)

'Shelley's third volume makes abundantly clear that Clementi at best was an outstanding composer … He tempers the virtuoso finger-dexterity of the 'mechanicus' with sensitive expressiveness, including moments of wonderfully luminous half-pedalling, and meticulous balance to expose inner motifs. He's well served by lively and immediate recording' (BBC Music Magazine)

Tracks:

Piano Sonata in B flat major, Op 13 No 4
Piano Sonata in F major, Op 13 No 5
Piano Sonata in F minor, Op 13 No 6
Piano Sonata in C major, Op 20
Piano Sonata in F major, WO3
Piano Sonata in E flat major, Op 23 No 1
Piano Sonata in F major, Op 23 No 2
Piano Sonata in E flat major, Op 23 No 3
Piano Sonata in F major, Op 24 No 1
Piano Sonata in B flat major, Op 24 No 2