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Track(s) taken from CDA66808
Recording details: December 1994
Snape Maltings, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Ates Orga
Engineered by Ken Blair
Release date: July 1995
Total duration: 12 minutes 22 seconds

'Demidenko brings enormous gravitas and spirituality. The fire and dash he lavishes on the quicker movements make this highly enjoyable disc no less exciting than any of his Medtner, Chopin or Rachmaninov releases on Hyperion' (Hi-Fi News)

'If your acquaintance with Clementi's output is limited to the Op 36 Sonatinas you dutifully practised in your youth, Demidenko's exalted interpretation of Clementi will come as nothing short of a revelation. This release serves as a landmark recording of these unjustly neglected masterworks' (Soundscapes, Australia)

Piano Sonata in B flat major, Op 24 No 2 Op 41 No 2 Op 47 No 2
before 1781; registered 23 July 1788; first movement cadenza by Nikolai Demidenko

Allegro con brio  [4'40]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Clementi visited Vienna in December 1781, playing the B flat Sonata from Op 24 before an audience that included Joseph II and Mozart. He ‘plays well, so far as execution with the right hand goes’, Mozart reported to his father (12 January 1782). ‘His greatest strength lies in his passages in thirds. Apart from this, he has not a pennyworth of taste or feeling—in short he is simply a mechanicus.’ (Clementi was more generous to his famous rival, publicly acknowledging his ‘singing touch and exquisite taste’.) Comprising a terse sonata Allegro (launched by an idea Mozart was to recollect/steal years later for his Magic Flute Overture), an expressive slow movement in the dominant, and a brilliantly ‘running’ Rondo finale, the B flat Sonata was first published by Storace of Howland Street, Rathbone Place, London, as part of a ‘Collection of Original Harpsichord Music’ (entered Stationers’ Hall, 23 July 1788).

from notes by Ates Orga © 1995

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