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CLEMENTI, M.: Early Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2 (Alexander-Max)

Composer(s):Clementi, Muzio
Artist(s) Alexander-Max, Susan, fortepiano
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Instrumental
Catalogue 8.557695
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Muzio Clementi was famous throughout his lifetime as both a composer and a virtuoso performer, appearing at the court of France and competing with Mozart in Vienna. His keyboard sonatas, over a hundred in number, were immensely popular and influential, and his legacy as a performer and teacher was of considerable importance in the development of piano technique. The sonatas composed at the beginning of the 1780s heard on this recording are about extending the limits of the piano and making an emotional impact. The Sonata in G minor, Op. 7, No. 3 is a fine example: the first and second movements are quite extraordinary for their cantabile legato lines while the third movement, with its exciting array of octaves, is full of fortissimos, sforzandos and



Review By Giv Cornfield, Ph.D.,The New Recordings, Cliffs Classics,July 2007

This artist has a real affinity for the early classical keyboard style, which was to have such a profound influence on Mozart and Beethoven, among others. Yet these early works sound so Haydnesque, as to make one wonder which came first. Susan Alexander-Max provides exhaustive notes on the music, and plays an instrument (by Derek Adlam) that is patterned after a 1798 instrument, with good resonance.

Review By David Denton, Naxos,June 2007

Muzio?Clementi?came to England rightly believing that life for a composer would be far less competitive than in his native Italy, and soon found himself in great demand as a keyboard exponent and conductor. His fame continued to grow with his tours of Europe, eventually resulting in a competition with Mozart in 1781 to establish who was the leading performer. Though the result was inconclusive, Mozart seems to have been preferred. Back home in England his success was cut short by the triumphant first visit of Haydn, and he moved the emphasis of his life to that of the most successful music publishing house. That allowed him to further the cause of his own music including his large output for keyboard, his series of sonatas playing a role in the



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