Clementi: Complete Sonatas Vol. VI, The Late Sonatas

Clementi: Complete Sonatas Vol. VI, The Late Sonatas
Composer Muzio Clementi
Artist Costantino Mastroprimiano fortepiano
Format 3 CD
Cat. number 94342
EAN code 5028421943428
Release December 2012

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About this release

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.

Other information:
- 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.

Track list

Disk 1

  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: 7 III.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 2

  1. Sonata in D, Op. 40 No. 3: I. Introduzione: Larghetto cantabile (attacca subito)
  2. Sonata in D, Op. 40 No. 3: II. Allegro con brio
  3. Sonata in D, Op. 40 No. 3: III.Adagio cantabile e sostenuto
  4. Sonata in D, Op. 40 No. 3: IV. Finale: Allegro con fuoco
  5. Twelve Monferrinas for the Piano Forte, Op. 49: No. 1
  6. Twelve Monferrinas for the Piano Forte, Op. 49: No. 2
  7. Twelve Monferrinas for the Piano Forte, Op. 49: No. 3
  8. Twelve Monferrinas for the Piano Forte, Op. 49: No. 4
  9. Twelve Monferrinas for the Piano Forte, Op. 49: No. 5
  10. Twelve Monferrinas for the Piano Forte, Op. 49: No. 6
  11. Twelve Monferrinas for the Piano Forte, Op. 49: No. 7
  12. Twelve Monferrinas for the Piano Forte, Op. 49: No. 8
  13. Twelve Monferrinas for the Piano Forte, Op. 49: No. 9
  14. Twelve Monferrinas for the Piano Forte, Op. 49: No. 10
  15. Twelve Monferrinas for the Piano Forte, Op. 49: No. 11
  16. Twelve Monferrinas for the Piano Forte, Op. 49: No. 12

Disk 3

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