Clementi: Complete Sonatas for fortepiano

Clementi: Complete Sonatas for fortepiano
Composer Muzio Clementi
Artist Costantino Mastroprimiano fortepiano
Format 18 CD
Cat. number 94379
EAN code 5028421943794
Release October 2012

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Known as the ‘father of the pianoforte’, Muzio Clementi (1752–1832) played an incomparable role in the development of both piano repertoire and the instrument itself. As a composer and virtuoso pianist, his sonatas spanned the transition from Scarlatti’s keyboard style to the beginnings of the Romantic period; as a publisher and manufacturer, he was responsible for a number of developments to piano performance and construction.

This 18-disc collection of Clementi’s complete piano sonatas explores the development of his distinctive style and spans his entire career, from childhood to maturity. The composer’s deep affinity for the piano is particularly clear: in his mature works, he drew on elements of Scarlatti and Haydn’s keyboard music and blended them with striking virtuosity and flowing melodies, crafting supremely expressive music that made full use of developing fortepiano technology. As Clementi’s activities in music publishing and piano manufacturing increased, his piano writing also matured, and later works display greater harmonic and structural experimentation.

Clementi’s innovations are explored in this set by the critically acclaimed pianist Costantino Mastroprimiano, whose performances bring to life the composer’s captivating music as it would have been heard during his lifetime. This collection is the first opportunity for listeners to hear Clementi’s complete sonatas played on original fortepianos, and is an essential addition to any piano enthusiast’s collection.

Other information:
- The first recording of Clementi’s complete piano sonatas to be performed on fortepiano.
- Historically-informed performances on an 18th-century Kirkman fortepiano and a 19th-century Clementi fortepiano, from the famous collection of Edwin Beunk.
- An amazing collection of keyboard works by “The Father of the Pianoforte” Muzio Clementi. His music is full of wit, elegance, budding romantic emotions, brilliance and a spectacular display of virtuosity. As a teacher and pianist himself Clementi developed the piano technique in a revolutionary way, paving the way for later keyboard giants Mendelssohn, Chopin and Liszt.
- Maestro Costantino Mastroprimiano has a keen feeling for the classical/early romantic style, humor and plenty of technique to
spare, to do justice to these delightful and still unjustly neglected works.
- 'With his fluid, brilliant technique and sensitive expression, Mastroprimiano serves Clementi beautifully.' Fanfare.
- Extensive linernotes written by specialists.

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Sonata in F, Op. 1 No. 4: I. Spiritoso
  2. Sonata in F, Op. 1 No. 4: II. Larghetto
  3. Sonata in F, Op. 1 No. 4: III. Rondeaux
  4. Sonata in A, Op. 1 No. 5: I. Larghetto
  5. Sonata in A, Op. 1 No. 5: II. Tempo di Menuetto. Grazioso
  6. Sonata in E, Op. 1 No. 6: I. Moderato
  7. Sonata in E, Op. 1 No. 6: II. Rondeau: Grazioso
  8. Sonata in A-Flat, WoO 13: I. Allegro ma non troppo
  9. Sonata in A-Flat, WoO 13: II. Larghetto
  10. Sonata in A-Flat, WoO 13: III. Allegro assai
  11. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 1 No. 1: I. Allegro con comodo
  12. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 1 No. 1: II. Tempo di Minuetto
  13. Sonata in G, Op. 1 No. 2: I. Spiritoso
  14. Sonata in G, Op. 1 No. 2: II. Allegro assai
  15. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 1 No. 3: I. Maestoso
  16. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 1 No. 3: II. Andantino grazioso

Disk 2

  1. Sonata in F, Op. 1a No. 1: I. Andante
  2. Sonata in F, Op. 1a No. 1: II. Allegro. La Pantoufle avec des Variations
  3. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 1a No. 2: I. Allegro moderato
  4. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 1a No. 2: II. Andantino grazioso
  5. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 1a No. 2: III. Allegro. Air du Balet de Mirza avec des Variations
  6. Sonata in G, Op. 1a No. 3: I. Allegretto
  7. Sonata in G, Op. 1a No. 3: II. ‘Black Joke’. Air Anglaise avec des Variations
  8. Sonata in A, Op. 1a No. 4: I. Larghetto
  9. Sonata in A, Op. 1a No. 4: II. Tempo di minuetto
  10. Sonata in A Minor, Op. 1a No. 5: I. Allegro
  11. Sonata in G, WoO 14: I. Allegro
  12. Sonata in G, WoO 14: II. Allegro assai
  13. Arcangelo Corelli 1653–1713 (from Clementi’s Introduction to the Art of Playing on the Pianoforte): Giga in B Minor
  14. Arcangelo Corelli 1653–1713 (from Clementi’s Introduction to the Art of Playing on the Pianoforte): Sarabanda in D Minor
  15. Arcangelo Corelli 1653–1713 (from Clementi’s Introduction to the Art of Playing on the Pianoforte): Allemande in D Minor
  16. Arcangelo Corelli 1653–1713 (from Clementi’s Introduction to the Art of Playing on the Pianoforte): Sarabanda in F
  17. Arcangelo Corelli 1653–1713 (from Clementi’s Introduction to the Art of Playing on the Pianoforte): Giga in F
  18. Arcangelo Corelli 1653–1713 (from Clementi’s Introduction to the Art of Playing on the Pianoforte): (Allegro) in C

Disk 3

  1. Sonata in C, Op. 2 No. 2: I. Presto
  2. Sonata in C, Op. 2 No. 2: II. Rondeau. Spiritoso
  3. Sonata in A, Op. 2 No. 4: I. Allegro assai
  4. Sonata in A, Op. 2 No. 4: II. Spiritoso
  5. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 2 No. 6: I. Allegro di molto
  6. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 2 No. 6: II. Prestissimo
  7. The Black Joke with 21 Variations, WoO 2: Thema: Allegro – Variations 1–6
  8. The Black Joke with 21 Variations, WoO 2: Variations 7–13
  9. The Black Joke with 21 Variations, WoO 2: Variations 14–17
  10. The Black Joke with 21 Variations, WoO 2: Variations 19–21

Disk 4

  1. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 7 No. 1: I. Allegro assai
  2. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 7 No. 1: II. Mesto
  3. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 7 No. 1: III. Rondeau: Allegro
  4. Sonata in C, Op. 7 No. 2: I. Presto
  5. Sonata in C, Op. 7 No. 2: II. Andantino allegretto – Presto – Allegretto
  6. Sonata in G Minor, Op. 7 No. 3: I. Allegro con spirito
  7. Sonata in G Minor, Op. 7 No. 3: II. Cantabile e lento
  8. Sonata in G Minor, Op. 7 No. 3: III. Presto
  9. Musical Characteristics, Op. 19: Preludio I alla Vanhal
  10. Sonata in G Minor, Op. 8 No. 1: I. Allegro con molto spirito
  11. Sonata in G Minor, Op. 8 No. 1: II. Andante cantabile
  12. Sonata in G Minor, Op. 8 No. 1: III. Presto
  13. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 8 No. 2: I. Allegro assai
  14. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 8 No. 2: II. Larghetto
  15. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 8 No. 2: III. Rondeau: Allegro
  16. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 8 No. 3: I. Presto
  17. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 8 No. 3: II. Minuetto: Allegro
  18. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 8 No. 3: III. Rondeau: Allegretto grazioso

Disk 5

  1. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 9 No. 1: I. Allegro assai
  2. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 9 No. 1: II. Larghetto
  3. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 9 No. 1: III. Rondo: Prestissimo
  4. Sonata in C, Op. 9 No. 2: I. Allegro assai
  5. Sonata in C, Op. 9 No. 2: II. Lento
  6. Sonata in C, Op. 9 No. 2: III. Rondo: Allegro spiritoso
  7. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 9 No. 3: I. Allegro assai
  8. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 9 No. 3: II. Larghetto
  9. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 9 No. 3: III. Prestissimo
  10. Musical Characteristics, Op. 19: Preludio II alla Mozart
  11. Sonata in A, Op. 10 No. 1: I. Allegro con spiritoso
  12. Sonata in A, Op. 10 No. 1: II. Minuetto: Allegro con molto – Trio
  13. Sonata in A, Op. 10 No. 1: III. Prestissimo
  14. Sonata in D, Op. 10 No. 2: I. Andante. Maestoso
  15. Sonata in D, Op. 10 No. 2: II. Presto
  16. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 10 No. 3: I. Presto
  17. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 10 No. 3: II. Tempo di minuetto con espressione e andante
  18. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 10 No. 3: III. Allegro assai

Disk 6

  1. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 11 (first version): I. Allegro
  2. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 11 (first version): II. Rondeau: Presto
  3. Rondo in B-Flat, WoO 8
  4. Sonata in F, Op. 24 No. 1: I. Allegro assai
  5. Sonata in F, Op. 24 No. 1: II. Adagio
  6. Sonata in F, Op. 24 No. 1: III. Arietta con Variazione: Vivace
  7. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 24 No. 2 (Vienna edition, Op. 41 No. 2): I. Allegro con brio
  8. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 24 No. 2 (Vienna edition, Op. 41 No. 2): II. Andante quasi allegretto
  9. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 24 No. 2 (Vienna edition, Op. 41 No. 2): III. Rondo: Allegro assai
  10. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 41: I. Allegro ma con grazia
  11. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 41: II. Adagio molto e con anima
  12. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 41: III. Allegro molto vivace

Disk 7

  1. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 11 (second version): I. Allegro
  2. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 11 (second version): II. Larghetto con espressione
  3. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 11 (second version): III. Rondo: Allegro di molto
  4. Toccata in B-Flat, Op. 11
  5. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 12 No. 1: I. Presto
  6. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 12 No. 1: II. Larghetto con espressione
  7. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 12 No. 1: III. ‘Lindor’ with Variations: Allegretto
  8. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 12 No. 1: III. Variation 1
  9. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 12 No. 1: III. Variation 2
  10. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 12 No. 1: III. Variation 3
  11. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 12 No. 1: III. Variation 4
  12. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 12 No. 1: III. Variation 5
  13. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 12 No. 1: III. Variation 6
  14. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 12 No. 1: III. Variation 7
  15. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 12 No. 1: III. Variation 8
  16. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 12 No. 1: III. Variation 9
  17. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 12 No. 1: III. Variation 10
  18. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 12 No. 1: III. Variation 11
  19. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 12 No. 2: I. Presto
  20. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 12 No. 2: II. Largo
  21. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 12 No. 2: III. Rondo: Allegro assai

Disk 8

  1. Sonata in F, Op. 12 No. 3: I. Allegro di molto
  2. Sonata in F, Op. 12 No. 3: II. Largo
  3. Sonata in F, Op. 12 No. 3: III. Rondeau: Allegro
  4. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 12 No. 4: I. Allegro
  5. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 12 No. 4: II. Lento
  6. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 12 No. 4: III. Rondeau: Allegro con spirito
  7. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 13 No. 4: I. Allegro con spirito
  8. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 13 No. 4: II. Adagio
  9. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 13 No. 4: III. Allegro assai
  10. Sonata in F, Op. 13 No. 5: I. Allegro
  11. Sonata in F, Op. 13 No. 5: II. Larghetto
  12. Sonata in F, Op. 13 No. 5: III. Presto

Disk 9

  1. Sonata in F Minor, Op. 13 No. 6: I. Allegro agitato
  2. Sonata in F Minor, Op. 13 No. 6: II. Largo e sostenuto
  3. Sonata in F Minor, Op. 13 No. 6: III. Presto
  4. La Chasse in D, Op. 16: I. Allegro
  5. La Chasse in D, Op. 16: II. Andante vivace
  6. La Chasse in D, Op. 16: III. Allegro assai
  7. Capriccio in B-Flat, Op. 17
  8. Sonata in C, Op. 20: I. Allegro
  9. Sonata in C, Op. 20: II. Larghetto con espressione
  10. Sonata in C, Op. 20: III. Allegro molto

Disk 10

  1. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 23 No. 1: I. Allegro molto
  2. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 23 No. 1: II. Rondeau: Vivace
  3. Sonata in F, Op. 23 No. 2: I. Allegro con spirito
  4. Sonata in F, Op. 23 No. 2: II. Adagio
  5. Sonata in F, Op. 23 No. 2: III. Rondo: Allegro con spirito
  6. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 23 No. 3: I. Allegro con vivacità
  7. Sonata in E-Flat, Op. 23 No. 3: II. Air with (8) Variations: Allegretto vivace
  8. Sonata in C, Op. 25 No. 1: I. Allegro di molto
  9. Sonata in C, Op. 25 No. 1: II. Adagio
  10. Sonata in C, Op. 25 No. 1: III. Rondeau: Presto
  11. Sonata in G, Op. 25 No. 2: I. Allegro con brio
  12. Sonata in G, Op. 25 No. 2: II. Rondo: Un poco allegro

Disk 11

  1. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 25 No. 3: I. Allegro
  2. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 25 No. 3: II. Rondo: Vivace
  3. Sonata in A, Op. 25 No. 4: I. Maestoso e cantabile
  4. Sonata in A, Op. 25 No. 4: II. Molto allegro
  5. Sonata in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 25 No. 5: I. Più tosto allegro con espressione
  6. Sonata in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 25 No. 5: II. Lento e patetico
  7. Sonata in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 25 No. 5: III. Presto
  8. Sonata in D, Op. 25 No. 6: I. Presto
  9. Sonata in D, Op. 25 No. 6: II. Un poco andante
  10. Sonata in D, Op. 25 No. 6: III. Rondo: Allegro assai
  11. Sonata in F, WoO 3: I. Vivace
  12. Sonata in F, WoO 3: II. Rondeau: Spiritoso

Disk 12

  1. 5 Variations on a Minuet by Mr Collick WoO 5: A Tempo di Ballo
  2. Sonata in F, Op. 26: I. Allegro
  3. Sonata in F, Op. 26: II. Rondeau: Allegretto
  4. Sonata in A, Op. 33 No. 1: I. Allegro
  5. Sonata in A, Op. 33 No. 1: II. Presto
  6. Sonata in F, Op. 33 No. 2: I. Adagio – Allegro con fuoco
  7. Sonata in F, Op. 33 No. 2: II. Presto
  8. Sonata in C, Op. 33 No. 3: I. Allegro con spirito
  9. Sonata in C, Op. 33 No. 3: II. Adagio e cantabile con grand’espressione
  10. Sonata in C, Op. 33 No. 3: III. Presto

Disk 13

  1. Sonata in C, Op. 34 No. 1: I. Allegro con spirito
  2. Sonata in C, Op. 34 No. 1: II. Un poco andante, quasi allegretto
  3. Sonata in C, Op. 34 No. 1: III. Finale: Allegro
  4. Sonata in G Minor, Op. 34 No. 2: I. Largo e sostenuto – Allegro con fuoco
  5. Sonata in G Minor, Op. 34 No. 2: II. Un poco adagio
  6. Sonata in G Minor, Op. 34 No. 2: III. Finale: Molto allegro
  7. Capriccio in A, Op. 34 No. 3

Disk 14

  1. Capriccio in F, Op. 34 No. 4
  2. Sonatina in C, Op. 36 No. 1: I. Allegro
  3. Sonatina in C, Op. 36 No. 1: II. Andante
  4. Sonatina in C, Op. 36 No. 1: III. Vivace
  5. Sonatina in G, Op. 36 No. 2: I. Allegretto
  6. Sonatina in G, Op. 36 No. 2: II. Allegretto
  7. Sonatina in G, Op. 36 No. 2: III. Allegro
  8. Sonatina in C, Op. 36 No. 3: I. Spiritoso
  9. Sonatina in C, Op. 36 No. 3: II. Un poco adagio
  10. Sonatina in C, Op. 36 No. 3: III. Allegro
  11. Sonatina in F, Op. 36 No. 4: I. Con spirito
  12. Sonatina in F, Op. 36 No. 4: II. Andante con espressione
  13. Sonatina in F, Op. 36 No. 4: III. Rondeau: Allegro vivace
  14. Sonatina in G, Op. 36 No. 5: I. Presto
  15. Sonatina in G, Op. 36 No. 5: II. Original Swiss Air: Allegro moderato
  16. Sonatina in G, Op. 36 No. 5: III. Rondo: Allegro di molto
  17. Sonatina in D, Op. 36 No. 6: I. Allegro con spirito
  18. Sonatina in D, Op. 36 No. 6: II. Rondo: Allegretto spiritoso

Disk 15

  1. Sonata in C, Op. 37 No. 1: I. Allegro di molto
  2. Sonata in C, Op. 37 No. 1: II. Adagio sostenuto
  3. Sonata in C, Op. 37 No. 1: III. Finale: Vivace
  4. Sonata in G, Op. 37 No. 2: I. Allegro
  5. Sonata in G, Op. 37 No. 2: II. Adagio: In the solemn style
  6. Sonata in G, Op. 37 No. 2: III. Allegro con spirito
  7. Sonata in D, Op. 37 No. 3: I. Allegro
  8. Sonata in D, Op. 37 No. 3: II. Allegretto vivace
  9. Sonata in D, Op. 37 No. 3: III. Finale: Presto

Disk 16

  1. Sonata in G, Op. 40 No. 1: I. Allegro molto vivace
  2. Sonata in G, Op. 40 No. 1: II. Adagio, sostenuto e cantabile
  3. Sonata in G, Op. 40 No. 1: III. Allegro: Canone I perpetuo, per moto retto – Canone II perpetuo, per moto contrario
  4. Sonata in G, Op. 40 No. 1: IV. Finale: Presto
  5. Sonata in B Minor, Op. 40 No. 2: I. Molto adagio e sostenuto – Allegro con fuoco e con espressione
  6. Sonata in B Minor, Op. 40 No. 2: II. Largo, mesto e patetico
  7. Sonata in B Minor, Op. 40 No. 2: II. Allegro – Tempo Primo – Presto
  8. Sonata in D, Op. 40 No. 3: I. Adagio molto – Allegro
  9. Sonata in D, Op. 40 No. 3: II. Adagio con molta espressione
  10. Sonata in D, Op. 40 No. 3: III. Allegro

Disk 17

  1. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 46: I. Introduzione: Larghetto cantabile –
  2. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 46: I. Allegro con brio
  3. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 46: II. Adagio cantabile e sostenuto
  4. Sonata in B-Flat, Op. 46: III. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
  5. Twelve Monferrinas, Op. 49: Monferrina No. 1
  6. Twelve Monferrinas, Op. 49: Monferrina No. 2
  7. Twelve Monferrinas, Op. 49: Monferrina No. 3
  8. Twelve Monferrinas, Op. 49: Monferrina No. 4
  9. Twelve Monferrinas, Op. 49: Monferrina No. 5
  10. Twelve Monferrinas, Op. 49: Monferrina No. 6
  11. Twelve Monferrinas, Op. 49: Monferrina No. 7
  12. Twelve Monferrinas, Op. 49: Monferrina No. 8
  13. Twelve Monferrinas, Op. 49: Monferrina No. 9
  14. Twelve Monferrinas, Op. 49: Monferrina No. 10
  15. Twelve Monferrinas, Op. 49: Monferrina No. 11
  16. Twelve Monferrinas, Op. 49: Monferrina No. 12

Disk 18

  1. Sonata in A, Op. 50 No. 1: I. Allegro maestoso e con sentimento
  2. Sonata in A, Op. 50 No. 1: II. Adagio sostenuto e patetico
  3. Sonata in A, Op. 50 No. 1: III. Allegro vivace
  4. Sonata in D Minor, Op. 50 No. 2: I. Allegro non troppo, ma con energia
  5. Sonata in D Minor, Op. 50 No. 2: II. Adagio con espressione
  6. Sonata in D Minor, Op. 50 No. 2: III. Allegro con fuoco, ma non troppo presto
  7. Sonata in G Minor, Op. 50 No. 3 ‘Didone abbandonata’: I. Largo patetico e sostenuto – Allegro ma non espressione
  8. Sonata in G Minor, Op. 50 No. 3 ‘Didone abbandonata’: II. Adagio dolente –
  9. Sonata in G Minor, Op. 50 No. 3 ‘Didone abbandonata’: III. Allegro agitato e con disperazione