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Roman Capriccio by Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691-1765)
Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford / Bridgeman Art Library, London
Track(s) taken from CDA67814
Recording details: October 2009
St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Annabel Connellan
Engineered by Ben Connellan
Release date: May 2010
Total duration: 23 minutes 43 seconds

'Volume 5 of Howard Shelley's exemplary survey brings us sonatas from the late 1790s … several of the works in Vol 4 had a Haydnesque feel but here there seems to be a more personal style on show, busy with up-to-date, complex keyboard figuration yet also displaying natural shapeliness, as well as some moments of memorable individuality … clearly played, intelligently detailed and perfectly recorded' (Gramophone)

'Shelley's playing is exemplary, with a gloriously fluent technique and a most perceptive interpretational approach … the Six Sonatinas here prove particularly nostalgic, core repertoire from many a pianist's childhood and perfect miniature paradigms of classical sonata form … Shelley is creating a benchmark for Clementi's solo piano music which I doubt will be moved in the foreseeable future and this volume's two-discs-for-the-price-of-one is an irresistible offering' (BBC Music Magazine)

'You won't often hear [the Op 36 Sonatinas] played as skilfully as here … along with his best-known works, the 12 on this set include some of Clementi's best, the two sonatas of his Op 34, pieces that attracted the attention of pianists of the calibre of Horowitz and Gilels before the clear and disciplined Shelley. Prepare to be surprised by the strength of musical argument' (The Irish Times)

Piano Sonata in B flat major, Op 46
published in 1820, probably written significantly earlier; dedicated to 'F Kalkbrenner, as a mark of esteem for his eminent talents'

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Clementi’s Sonata in B flat major Op 46 was published in 1820, over two decades later than his previous sonatas. But there is ample testimony that during the intervening years Clementi composed a good deal of music that he published later or not at all. This sonata for the most part sounds much more like a work of the 1790s than of 1820. It is dedicated to his ‘friend F Kalkbrenner, as a mark of esteem for his eminent talents’. Kalkbrenner, the famous German-born piano virtuoso, had settled in London in 1815; perhaps Clementi resurrected an older sonata to honour his younger colleague. Both of the fast movements of this sonata have diatonic, thin-textured opening materials that suggest an earlier time of composition. The middle slow movement is a leisurely Adagio cantabile, encrusted with lavish ornament; but below we often hear bits of the polyphonic motion that is a hallmark of this composer.

from notes by Leon Plantinga © 2010

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