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Clementi: Piano Sonatas Op 40 / Pietro De Maria


Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553500   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Pietro De Maria
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Muzio Clementi's three Op. 40 Sonatas were published in 1802, and in them you can readily hear those qualities that lead directly to Beethoven. For instance, the Italian composer generated great dramatic contrasts through an almost-symphonic grasp of dynamic momentum, and had a knack for effortless asymmetrical phrase shapes and the use of silence to beckon the listener's attention. Clementi's keyboard deployment is more overtly virtuosic and flamboyantly projected than anything his younger rival Mozart concocted, although never as deep. For Clementi, the instrument comes first. Pietro De Maria revels in the music's extroversion and surface virtuosity, and imbues each sonata with refined, humorously
Read more pointed fingerwork, exquisite shadings, and elegant phrases timed to a proverbial tee. I hope that this disc will be the forerunner of a complete Clementi cycle from this gifted young pianist, whose brilliant work is gorgeously engineered. A must for piano fans.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata (3) for Piano, Op. 40: no 1 in G major by Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Pietro De Maria (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; London, England 
Date of Recording: 10/1996 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, UK 
Length: 26 Minutes 37 Secs. 
2.
Sonata (3) for Piano, Op. 40: no 2 in B minor by Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Pietro De Maria (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; London, England 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, UK 
Length: 17 Minutes 14 Secs. 
3.
Sonatas (3) for Piano, Op. 40: no 3 in d/D by Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Pietro De Maria (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1802; London, England 
Date of Recording: 12/1996 
Venue:  St. George's, Brandon Hill, Bristol, UK 
Length: 22 Minutes 1 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 40, No. 1: I. Allegro molto vivace
Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 40, No. 1: II. Adagio: Sostenuto e cantabile
Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 40, No. 1: III. Allegro: Canone primo perpetuo, per moto retto - Canone secondo perpetuo, per moto contrario
Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 40, No. 1: IV. Finale: Presto
Piano Sonata in B minor, Op. 40, No. 2: I. Molto adagio e sostenuto: Allegro con fuoco, e con espressione
Piano Sonata in B minor, Op. 40, No. 2: II. Largo, mesto e patetico - Allegro - Tempo primo - Presto
Piano Sonata In D major, Op. 40, No. 3: I. Adagio molto - Allegro
Piano Sonata In D major, Op. 40, No. 3: II. Adagio con molta espressione
Piano Sonata In D major, Op. 40, No. 3: III. Allegro

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