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Clementi: Keyboard Sonatas from Opp. 25, 33 & 46 / Chaplikov


Release Date: 08/10/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573712  
Composer:  Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Stefan Chaplikov
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With a European reputation second only to Haydn’s during his lifetime, Muzio Clementi was highly regarded by Beethoven as a composer and his impact on music in general and the piano in particular as a performer, publisher, and innovator cannot be ignored. With its cadenzas and dazzling virtuoso display, the Sonata Op. 33, No. 3 has the expressive range of a piano concerto, including an aria-like Adagio worthy of Mozart’s Vienna. Clementi was noted for his technical brilliance with runs in thirds, a hallmark found in the Op. 25 sonata alongside surprisingly operatic pauses, and a captivatingly lucid style of writing that always sounds freshly minted. Stefan Chaplikov made his concert debut in Sofia at the age of eleven. He studied at the Read more Conservatoire de Paris with Michell Beroff and was a Rebanks Family Fellow at The Glenn Gould School under the tutelage of John Perry. He was awarded an Artist Diploma at Yale School of Music, and is now a doctoral student in Leon Fleisher’s studio at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonatas (3) for Piano, Op. 33: no 3 in C major (after Concerto for Piano) by Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Stefan Chaplikov (Piano)
Period: Classical 
2.
Sonatas (3) for Piano, Op. 33: no 2 in F major by Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Stefan Chaplikov (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1794 
3.
Sonata for Keyboard in B flat major, Op. 46 by Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Stefan Chaplikov (Piano)
Period: Classical 
4.
Sonatas (6) for Piano, Op. 25: no 1 in C major by Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Stefan Chaplikov (Piano)
Period: Classical 
5.
Sonatas (6) for Piano, Op. 25: no 3 in B flat major by Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Stefan Chaplikov (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; London, England 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Performed with taste and sensitivity August 30, 2018 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Mozart wrote, "Clementi is a good clavicembalist and with this, there is no more to say. He plays well with his right hand, his strong point is the passages in thirds. For the rest he has no sentiment or taste, - in a word he is simply a mechanicus." I'm not sure I entirely agree with that assessment -- especially after listening to this recording. Yes, Clementi often uses thirds. But his music is technically challenging. And in the right hands (as they are here), quite interesting. Most of the sonatas on this release come from the early 1790s when Clementi was in direct competition with Mozart. The textures of the Op. 25 and Op. 33 sonatas are transparent. Clementi does favor the right hand, giving it the complicated runs while the left outlines the harmonies (or in some cases simple melodies). I found the Op. 46 sonata especially interesting. It was written in 1820, fifteen years after the previous sonatas. It's a more complex work, with thicker textures and more of a balance between the hands. And yet, it's a sonata that was published the same year as Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109. Clementi's sonata pales in comparison. It's a simpler work and one that almost sounds old-fashioned. Advanced for Clementi, but lagging compared to his contemporaries. However, these works lack neither sentiment nor taste. All are skillfully constructed. And taken on their own merits, are quite attractive." Report Abuse
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