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Variations on Batti batti from Mozart's Don Giovanni, WO10

'Clementi: Capriccios & Variations' (CDA67850)
Clementi: Capriccios & Variations
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Variations on Batti batti from Mozart's Don Giovanni, WO10
The variations based on Zerlina’s little aria in Don Giovanni, ‘Batti batti, o bel Masetto’, WO10, first appeared in a collection of operatic arias transcribed for piano, ‘with an Introductory Movement to Each by the most Eminent authors’, put out by Clementi’s company. His own ‘introductory movement’ anticipates a flood of similar works by the piano virtuosi of the 1830s and 1840s: a florid, rhapsodic fantasy laced with tantalizing hints of the melody to come, which at last is presented in an effective piano transcription that preserves a good bit of the original orchestral accompaniment. This is essentially parlour music, the sort of thing advanced amateur pianists might play for friends at home.

from notes by Leon Plantinga © 2011

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67850 disc 2 track 17
Recording date
28 October 2010
Recording venue
St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Annabel Connellan
Recording engineer
Ben Connellan
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  1. Clementi: Capriccios & Variations (CDA67850)
    Disc 2 Track 17
    Release date: September 2011
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