The final volume of Brilliant Classics’ acclaimed Clementi series, this release is dedicated to the composer’s last and most mature works for pianoforte: the Sonatas Opp. 40, 46 and 50, and the 12 Monferrinas Op.49.
The works embrace a period of around 20 years and were a major landmark within Clementi’s output. Slow introductions abound, and although Opp. 40 and 50 were composed separately, it is highly likely that the latter was intended as a sequel to the former because of their shared stylistic detail. From Op.40 No.1’s formal experimentation to the quasi-orchestral writing of Op.50 No.3, the compilation also includes various homages – most notably Op.46, whose high level of virtuosity comprises a fitting tribute to the great pianist Friedrich Kalkbrenner.
Maestro Costantino Mastroprimiano is once again our guide, creating an absorbing programme that effectively encapsulates the achievements of Clementi’s distinguished career. His consummate performances provide a fitting end to the series, one that confirms the Classical composer’s status as among the greatest innovators of the keyboard.
- Recorded in July 2009.
- Costantino Mastroprimiano plays a fine original instrument, a Clementi from 1828, from the famous Edwin Beunk Collection.
- A glorious finale to this excellent series, played with gusto, feeling and brilliance by Costantino Mastroprimiano!
- Includes comprehensive booklet notes and a biography of Mastroprimiano.