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Track(s) taken from CDA67850

Twelve Monferrinas, Op 49


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: 20 minutes 48 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 original title page of the Twelve Monferrinas Op 49 explains that ‘a monferrina is a dance peculiar to the state of Monferrato’. These are graceful little pieces, each two pages in length. All are in 6/8 metre, beginning with an upbeat of half a bar; all present contrasting material in a nearby tonality; and nearly all have a transparent two-part texture—the one exception being the fourth, where Clementi indulges in the thicker writing and chromatic ornament more usual in his music of this period.

from notes by Leon Plantinga © 2011

La page de titre originale des Douze Monferrines op. 49 nous apprend qu’«une monferrine est une danse propre à l’État de Monferrato». Ce sont de charmantes œuvrettes longues chacune de deux pages. Toutes sont à 6/8, s’ouvrant sur un levé d’une demi-mesure; toutes affichent un matériau contrastant, dans une tonalité proche, et toutes ont une texture transparente, à deux parties—à l’exception de la quatrième, où Clementi densifie son écriture et utilise des ornements chromatiques plus courants dans sa musique de ces années-là.

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

Auf der originalen Titelseite der Twelve Monferrinas op. 49 wird erklärt, dass „eine Monferrina ein für die Markgrafschaft Monferrato typischer Tanz“ ist. Es sind dies anmutige kleine Stücke, die jeweils zwei Seiten lang sind. Alle stehen im 6/8-Takt und beginnen mit einem halbtaktigen Auftakt, alle kontrastierenden Passagen befinden sich jeweils in nahe gelegenen Tonarten und fast alle Stücke haben eine transparente zweiteilige Textur—die einzige Ausnahme dabei bildet Nr. 4, wo Clementi den dichteren Texturen und chromatischen Ornamenten frönt, die für seine Musik jener Zeit typischer sind.

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

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