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Clementi: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 4

Susan Alexander-Max

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Piano Sonata in D Minor, Op. 50 No. 2  
I. Allegro non troppo ma con energia
Muzio Clementi; Susan Alexander-Max
II. Adagio con espressione
Muzio Clementi; Susan Alexander-Max
III. Allegro con fuoco ma non troppo presto
Muzio Clementi; Susan Alexander-Max
Piano Sonata in G Minor, Op. 50 No. 3 "Didone abbandonata"  
I. Introduzione. Largo sostenuto - II. Allegro ma con espressione
Muzio Clementi; Susan Alexander-Max
III. Adagio dolente
Muzio Clementi; Susan Alexander-Max
IV. Allegro agitato e con disperazione
Muzio Clementi; Susan Alexander-Max
Piano Sonata in G Major, Op. 1bis No. 3  
I. Allegretto
Muzio Clementi; Susan Alexander-Max
II. Air anglais varié. Allegro
Muzio Clementi; Susan Alexander-Max
Piano Sonata in E Flat Major, Op. 8 No. 2  
I. Allegro assai
Muzio Clementi; Susan Alexander-Max
II. Larghetto con espressione
Muzio Clementi; Susan Alexander-Max
III. Allegro
Muzio Clementi; Susan Alexander-Max
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    77:35
This album, the fourth volume in a series, charts the breadth of Muzio Clementi’s compositional life from his first fortepiano sonatas to his last, beautifully presented by Susan Alexander-Max. The works reveal the stylistic developments in keyboard music during this period as well as the evolution of the instrument itself, reflected in the historically important fortepianos Alexander-Max selected for the recording. After the limpid textures and melodic charm of the two early sonatas, the Sonata in G Minor represents the apex of Clementi’s entire keyboard output, a dark and dramatic tableau based on the passion of Dido and Aeneas, shot through with operatically charged emotional conflict and vivid colours.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Naxos Studio Masters

Recorded at The Cobbe Collection, Hatchlands House, Guildford, Surrey, UK, 24–26 March 2015
Producer, Engineer & Editor: Phil Rowlands
Booklet notes: Derek Adlam
Fortepianos: John Broadwood & Sons, London, 1816 (tracks 1–6);
Longman & Broderip, London, 1794–95 (7–11)
a’ = 415Hz / equal temperament
Cover image: Kew Palace, London (© David Watson / Dreamstime)

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