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Track(s) taken from CDA67850

Capriccio in F major, Op 34 No 4


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: 8 minutes 29 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 two Capriccios Op 34 of 1795 are not at all like their modest predecessor, Op 17. The new Capriccios leave the impression of impassioned, whimsical improvisations abounding in various kinds of wide-ranging virtuoso passagework, much of it rather indeterminate in harmony. In the midst of this Clementi now and then interposes starkly contrasting bits of simple melody, served up with the sort of grandiloquent introductory gestures that were to become a staple commodity of nineteenth-century piano virtuosi.

from notes by Leon Plantinga © 2011

Les deux Capriccios op. 34 de 1795 n’ont rien de leur modeste prédécesseur op. 17. Ils laissent une impression d’improvisations ferventes, fantasques, gorgées de toutes sortes de passages virtuoses avec, le plus souvent, une harmonie relativement indéterminée. Au beau milieu, Clementi insère çà et là des morceaux de mélodies simples, étonnamment contrastifs, débités avec ces grandiloquents gestes introductifs qui allaient devenir un élément de base du pianisme virtuose du XIXe siècle.

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

Die beiden Capriccios op. 34 von 1795 unterscheiden sich deutlich von ihrem bescheidenen Vorgänger op. 17. Die neuen Capriccios wirken eher wie leidenschaftliche, launenhafte Improvisationen, in denen reichlich virtuose Stilmittel in verschiedener Form vorkommen, die zumeist harmonisch unbestimmt sind. Darin streut Clementi hier und dort stark kontrastierende, schlichte Melodiefetzen ein, die mit der Art von hochtrabenden einleitenden Gesten aufgetischt werden, die unter den Klaviervirtuosen des 19. Jahrhunderts ein gängiges Stilmittel werden sollten.

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

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