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CLEMENTI, M.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 / Overture in D major (Rome Symphony Orchestra, La Vecchia)

Composer(s):Clementi, Muzio
Artist(s) La Vecchia, Francesco, Conductor • Rome Symphony Orchestra
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.573071
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Muzio Clementi was ‘The Father of the pianoforte’, a performer, teacher, publisher and manufacturer of pioneering importance. But in addition to the works for piano, he also wrote a series of symphonies which, along with Cherubini’s D major Symphony (Naxos 8.557908), are the only works by an Italian composer to stand comparison with the great Viennese symphonies of the time. Colourful, characterful and atmospheric, these important works show the influence of Haydn, but also, in their orchestral richness, of Beethoven and Schubert.


Review By Lukas Speckmann,Westfälische Nachrichten,June 2013


Review By Frédéric Cardin,Musique pour tous,March 2013

Clementi fut l’un des seuls italiens de son époque à pouvoir rivaliser avec les Viennois dans le domaine de la symphonie, bien qu’il ait vécu une bonne partie de sa vie à Londres.

Clementi contribua à sa propre éclipse des mémoires (du moins en ce qui a trait à la forme symphonique) en détruisant ses manuscrits dans un accès de rage (ou de désespoir) devant le peu de cas que faisaient ses contemporains de ses partitions symphoniques. Il faut dire que l’éclat éblouissant de la perfection germanique de Mozart, Haydn et Beethoven était impossible à surpasser.


Review By Remy Franck,Pizzicato,March 2013


Review By Christie Grimstad,,January 2013

The Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, led by Francesco La Vecchia, paints Clementi’s works with respectful candidness and transparency.

This Naxos recording is an intermission from expectant composers of the early 19th century. Think larger than piano and technique…think symphonic intensity and immeasurable continuity. Clementi mastered all of this on a level that’s never been fully recognized for years.

…Clementi’s Symphony No° 2 in D major opens with a beautiful dichotomous “Adagio-Allegro” which has bearings of an impish, light-hearted Mozart. Woodwinds, specifically flutes, play an important role in the Clementi compositions. These filigree touches add grace, finesse, sophistication and completion.



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