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Hyperion Records

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Roman Capriccio (detail) by Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691-1765)
Copyright Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery, Kent / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67717
Recording details: February 2008
All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Annabel Connellan
Engineered by Ben Connellan
Release date: September 2008
Total duration: 12 minutes 32 seconds

'As in Vol 1 of his Clementi cycle, Howard Shelley's crystalline touch, poised elegance at speed and (in the slow movements) gentle flexibility are well nigh ideal' (Gramophone)

'Shelley has no problem meeting Clementi's demands, and he tosses off all the works here with elegant virtuosity' (BBC Music Magazine)

'These soul-searching works are rendered with profound feeling and sensitivity by Shelley, a worthy Clementi champion for our age' (The Observer)

'Clementi's sonatas have been neglected for far too long … we have had to wait an extraordinarily long time for a complete survey of this quality … with performances as characterful as Shelley's and with two CDs for the price of one, this is a genuine bargain, one that is likely to delight and to amaze in equal measure' (International Record Review)

'This second instalment of all Clementi's 70-odd sonatas in chronological order is no less relevatory than the first … the sonatas combine the high spirits and dexterity of Scarlatti with the classicism of Haydn and Mozart; some of the slow movements have an even greater depth of expression than theirs … furthermore, you get two discs for the price of one. Difficult to resist!' (Classic FM Magazine)

Piano Sonata in B flat major, Op 9 No 1
composer
circa 1782; published in Vienna by Artaria

Allegro assai  [5'45]
Larghetto  [2'28]

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