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Track(s) taken from CDA67850

Fantaisie and Variations on Au clair de la lune, Op 48


Howard Shelley (piano)
Recording details: October 2010
St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Annabel Connellan
Engineered by Ben Connellan
Release date: September 2011
Total duration: 9 minutes 53 seconds

Cover artwork: Classical Scene by Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691-1765)
Roy Miles Gallery, 29 Bruton Steet, London W1 / Bridgeman Art Library, London


'This enticing seventh (and final) volume of Clementi's works for solo piano is a notable achievement on several levels. The same team … have combined to produce no fewer than 14 CDs of remarkably uniform quality, insight and interest in a mere 4 years … there are over 152 minutes of music on the present discs, much of it demanding. How Shelley manages to absorb it all and then convince you that he has been playing it all his life with his characteristic elegance and dexterity is a gift given to few. Such an eminent composer deserves no less' (Gramophone)
The Fantaisie and Variations Op 48, on the well-known French folk tune (already well known by the mid-eighteenth century) ‘Au clair de la lune’ is essentially parlour music, the sort of thing advanced amateur pianists might play for friends at home. An improvisational fantasy with great flourish introduces the unadorned melody, which is followed by a dozen rather inventive variations.

from notes by Leon Plantinga © 2011

La Fantaisie et Variations op. 48 sur «Au clair de la lune» (ce célèbre air traditionnel était déjà bien connu dans les années 1750) est foncièrement une musique de salon, de celles que les bons pianistes amateurs pouvaient jouer chez eux, à leurs amis. Une fantaisie à l’improvisade, avec force fioritures, introduit la mélodie dépouillée, que suivent une douzaine de variations plutôt inventives.

extrait des notes rédigées par Leon Plantinga © 2011
Français: Hypérion

Die Fantaisie and Variations op. 48 über die (bereits in der Mitte des 18. Jahrhunderts) bekannte französische Volksmelodie „Au clair de la lune“, handelt es sich im Wesentlichen um Salonmusik—die Art von Musik, die fortgeschrittene Laienpianisten etwa ihrem Freundeskreis zu Hause vorspielten. Hier leitet eine improvisatorische Fantasie eine schmucklose Melodie mit großartiger Figuration ein, worauf zwölf recht originelle Variationen folgen.

aus dem Begleittext von Leon Plantinga © 2011
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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