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Clementi: Gradus Ad Parnassum, Vol. 4 / Alessandro Marangoni

Clementi / Marangoni
Release Date: 02/26/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572328   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Alessandro Marangoni
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Muzio Clementi occupies a unique place in the history of the piano, with his myriad sonatas pushing the traditional classical boundaries of the form, his publishing company and piano manufacturing firm prospering both in England and on the Continent, and his famed virtuosity astonishing all who heard him. Remembered as the first of the great piano virtuosos, Clementi condensed his years of composition and performance into the monumental, three-volume Gradus ad Parnassum, a repository of stylistically diverse pieces designed to demonstrate utmost technical mastery of the instrument. This is the last disc in Alessandro Marangoni’s highly acclaimed four single disc survey. Muzio Clementi occupies a unique place in the history of the piano, with his myriad sonatas pushing the traditional classical boundaries of the form, his publishing company and piano manufacturing firm prospering both in England and on the Continent, and his famed virtuosity astonishing all who heard him. Remembered as the first of the great piano virtuosos, Clementi condensed his years of composition and performance into the monumental, three-volume Gradus ad Parnassum, a repository of stylistically diverse pieces designed to demonstrate utmost technical mastery of the instrument. This is the last disc in Alessandro Marangoni’s highly acclaimed four single disc survey. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: Book 3, nos. 66 - 100 by Muzio Clementi
Performer:  Alessandro Marangoni (Piano)

Sound Samples

Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 66. Suite of 5 Pieces: I. Allegretto vivace
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 67. Suite of 5 Pieces: II. Canone: Allegro moderato
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 68. Suite of 5 Pieces: III. Presto
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 69. Suite of 5 Pieces: IV. Fuga: Moderato
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 70. Suite of 5 Pieces: V. Scherzo: Allegretto vivace
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 71. Suite of 6 Pieces: I. Allegro
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 72. Suite of 6 Pieces: II. Vivace
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 73. Suite of 6 Pieces: III. Canone: Allegretto
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 74. Suite of 6 Pieces: IV. Fuga a 2 suggetti: Moderato
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 75. Suite of 6 Pieces: V. Canone: Allegro non troppo
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 76. Suite of 6 Pieces: VI. Finale: Allegro
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 77. Suite of 5 Pieces: I. Allegrissimo
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 78. Suite of 5 Pieces: II. Molto allegro
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 79. Suite of 5 Pieces: III. Allegro moderato
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 80. Suite of 5 Pieces: IV. Capriccio: Presto
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 81. Suite of 5 Pieces: V. Finale: Allegro
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 82. Suite of 6 Pieces: I. Scherzo: Molto allegro
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 83. Suite of 6 Pieces: II. Moderato
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 84. Suite of 6 Pieces: III. Andante - Canone: Andante
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 85. Suite of 6 Pieces: IV. Presto e vigoroso
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 86. Suite of 6 Pieces: V. Allegro non troppo
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 87. Suite of 6 Pieces: VI. Finale: Allegro, molto vivace
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 88. Suite of 5 Pieces: I. Andante con moto, ma cantabile
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 89. Suite of 5 Pieces: II. Presto
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 90. Suite of 5 Pieces: III. Fugato: Allegro non troppo
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 91. Suite of 5 Pieces: IV. Allegretto
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 92. Suite of 5 Pieces: V. Finale: Allegro vivace
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 93. Allegro
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 94. Stravaganze: Allegretto
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 95. Bizzarria: Vivace
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 96. Allegro agitato
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 97. Scherzo: Molto allegro
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 98. Allegro vivace
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 99. Molto allegro
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44: No. 100. Vivacissimo

Customer Reviews

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 Delightful April 9, 2013 By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA) See All My Reviews "Pianist Alessandro Marangoni completes his survey of Muzio Clementi's Gradus ad Parnassum with this release. Composed over several years, this three-volume collection of keyboard exercises has become one of the standard teaching tools for pianists. But these works aren't just a series of dull and difficult finger exercises. True, within each of the short pieces in this collection a pattern of notes will occur over and over, sometimes obsessively. But Clementi underpins those patterns with interesting and supple harmonies that provides forward motion and musical organization. Most of the 34 exercises in this volume were grouped by Clementi into suites. Each suite, taken as a whole, aesthetically makes sense. Each suite has collection of contrasting movements. A mid-tempo piece is followed by an up-tempo one. A simple, lyrical movement is followed by a complex fugue, and so on. Although the individual pieces are enjoyable enough to listen to, the suites place the movements in context and provide deeper musical meaning to the whole. The contrapuntal pieces were the ones I found most interesting -- Clementi had a facility for writing canons and fugues. The fugues don't sound like Bach warmed over. Just as with the counterpoint of Mozart and Haydn, these movements have a strong melodic flavor to them. These pieces work as music and not just intellectual (or fingering) exercises. Marangoni plays with alacrity and a light touch, making these difficult exercises sound effortless. And more importantly, he makes them sound musical." Report Abuse
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