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Clementi: Capriccios & Variations

Clementi: Capriccios & Variations


Clementi:

Capriccio in B flat major, Op. 17

Capriccio in A Major, Op. 34 No. 3

Capriccio in F Major, Op. 34 No. 4

Capriccio in E minor, Op. 47 No. 1

Capriccio in C major, Op. 47 No. 2

Black Joe WO2

Piano Sonata in D major, Op. 16 'La Chasse'

Monferrine, Op. 49

Fantasia on "Au clair de la lune", Op. 48

Batti, batti - Variazioni su un tema di Mozart WO10

Mr.Collicks Minuet WO5

Rondo in B-Flat WO8

Musical Characteristics, Op.19


Howard Shelley’s survey of the complete piano sonatas of Clementi was acclaimed not only as a set of benchmark performances, but also as the rediscovery of a composer who was uniquely important in his lifetime, which overlapped the careers of Scarlatti and Chopin. This set of Capriccios and Variations is something of a footnote to the series. The earlier works demonstrate Clementi’s lighter and more whimsical side. Most of this music was written to entertain and amuse, with many fantastical virtuoso flourishes of an improvisatory feel. The later works date from the nineteenth century, when Clementi was not quite as prolific as his younger self. Although many of these works, too, were designed for domestic use, there are exceptions such as the Two Capriccios Op 47. These are clearly ‘professional’ music: ambitious, dramatic, radically experimental, often determinedly chromatic, they show the septuagenarian composer still at work in the forefront of the most modern keyboard style. Howard Shelley has made this repertoire his own. He performs with his usual impeccably stylish flair.

“Even the slightest, most trivial pieces are enhanced by Howard Shelley's brisk tempos, and he's served by an infallible technique, from virtuoso finger-dexterity to deeply expressive, spacious reflection elsewhere...from the six discs of Sonatas, complemented by these varied remaining pieces, emerges the distinctive voice of, at best, a truly outstanding composer.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2011 *****

“Shelley dances out the Black Joke's jig theme with infectious delight...his command is supreme in the flashy chords, springy bass-lines and funky accents of the virtuosic Capriccios and though he plays a modern Steinway, his touch is sensitive enough, especially in the bass, to suggest the tone of an original Broadwood.” Classic FM Magazine, November 2011 ****

“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 Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

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Clementi - Complete Piano Sonatas Volume 1

Clementi - Complete Piano Sonatas Volume 1


Clementi:

Sonata in E flat major, Op. 1 No. 1

Sonata in G Major, Op. 1 No. 3

Sonata in B flat Major, Op. 1 No. 2

Sonata in F Major, Op. 1 No. 5

Sonata in A Major, Op. 1 No. 4

Sonata in E major Op 1 No 6

Sonata in C Major, Op. 2 No. 2

Sonata in A Major, Op. 2 No. 4

Sonata in B flat Major, Op. 2 No. 6

Piano Sonata in G major, WO 14

(alternative first movement to Op 1 No 2)

Sonata in E flat Major, Op. 7 No . 1

Sonata in C Major, Op. 7 No. 2

Sonata in G minor, Op. 7 No. 3

Sonata in G minor, Op. 8 No. 1

Sonata in E flat Major, Op. 8 No. 2

Sonata in B flat Major, Op. 8 No. 3

Sonata in A flat Major, WO13


This is the first volume in a complete chronological survey of the Clementi sonatas which we hope to complete in six

'2 for the price of 1' double CD sets released over the next three years. There is very little competition for this repertoire

and indeed this volume appears to include the first ever recording of Clementi's six sonatas Opus 1.

Muzio Clementi was for much of his long career one of the most famous musicians in Europe. Around the turn of the

nineteenth century his public esteem was probably second only to that of Haydn, and, a decade or so later, Beethoven.

But unlike the reputations of these other two, Clementi’s fame as a musician rested almost solely upon his exploits, as

both player and composer, at a single instrument, the piano. And the vast majority of his compositions are sonatas for

that instrument. This is a fascinating body of work which spans European musical life from Scarlatti to Chopin.

“Listening to this opener in Howard Shelley’s complete cycle, recorded on a pristine-sounding modern piano, it is hard to imagine anyone else ever making them sound better … Shelley reveals this by treating each and every one of these works with the utmost respect, his constant attention to the subtlest details of touch and phrasing meaning not only that things are never allowed to descend into the routine, but that he is more than able to respond to those moments when Clementi really does find a vein of poetry … the Andante cantabile of Op 8 No 1 is a gem, the excellent Op 7 No 3 is strongly expressive throughout … Shelley realises them all while also coping coolly with the more finger-breaking exhibitions of virtuosity … Shelley’s performances, which seem well capable of achieving definitive status, make you wonder if Mozart was hiding some genuine discomfort” Gramophone Magazine

“I have long admired Shelley’s spaciousness of phrase and generosity of tonal range, and this latest offering certainly does not disappoint on either account. The Opp 1 and 2 Sonatas benefit from a fresh and spirited viewpoint, the leisurely lyrical lines nevertheless beautifully compact … this set may well encourage listeners to reappraise Clementi, not in the shadow of Mozart of Beethoven but in light of the composer’s inestimable contribution to classical style” International Record Review

“Launching his complete Clementi cycle in impressive style, Howard Shelley tosses off chains of thirds and octaves with elegant virtuosity, and brings an ideal expressive flexibility to the more personal sonatas” The Telegraph

“Shelley's playing is as warm and expressive throughout…” BBC Music Magazine, March 2008 ****

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Clementi - Complete Piano Sonatas Volume 2

Clementi - Complete Piano Sonatas Volume 2


Clementi:

Sonata in B flat Major, Op. 9 No. 1

Sonata in C major, Op. 9 No. 2

Sonata in E flat Major, Op. 9 No. 3

Sonata in A Major, Op. 10 No. 1

Sonata in D Major, Op. 10 No. 2

Sonata in B flat Major, Op. 10 No. 3

Piano Sonata in E flat major, Op. 11

Toccata in B flat Major, Op. 11

Sonata in B flat Major, Op. 12 No. 1

Sonata in E flat Major, Op. 12 No. 2

Sonata in F Major, Op. 12 No. 3

Sonata in E flat Major, Op. 12 No. 4


This is the second volume in a complete chronological survey of the Clementi sonatas which we hope to complete in six ’2 for the price of 1’ double CD sets released over the next three years. After the somewhat frivolous delights of Volume 1, Volume 2 displays Clementi in more serious and weighty form. The selection recorded here, particularly the Op. 12 sonatas, is of pieces that aim for depths of expression seldom encountered in the composer’s earlier music.

Muzio Clementi was for much of his long career one of the most famous musicians in Europe. Around the turn of the nineteenth century his public esteem was probably second only to that of Haydn, and, a decade or so later, Beethoven. But unlike the reputations of these other two, Clementi’s fame as a musician rested almost solely upon his exploits, as both player and composer, at a single instrument, the piano. And the vast majority of his compositions are sonatas for that instrument. This is a fascinating body of work which spans European musical life from Scarlatti to Chopin.

“These soul-searching works are rendered with profound feeling and sensitivity by Shelley, a worthy Clementi champion for our age.” Anthony Holden, The Observer, 31st August 2008

“…Howard Shelley's crystalline touch, poised elegance at speed and (in the slow movements) gentle flexibility are well nigh ideal.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2008

“This second instalment of all Clementi’s 70-odd sonatas in chronological order is no less relevatory than the first … the sonatas combine the high spirits and dexterity of Scarlatti with the classicism of Haydn and Mozart; some of the slow movements have an even greater depth of expression than theirs … furthermore, you get two discs for the price of one. Difficult to resist!” Classic FM Magazine

“Clementi’s sonatas have been neglected for far too long … we have had to wait an extraordinarily long time for a complete survey of this quality … with performances as characterful as Shelley’s and with two CDs for the price of one, this is a genuine bargain, one that is likely to delight and to amaze in equal measure” International Record Review

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Clementi - Complete Piano Sonatas Volume 3

Clementi - Complete Piano Sonatas Volume 3


Clementi:

Piano Sonata in B flat major, Op. 13 No. 4

Piano Sonata in F major, Op. 13 No. 5

Sonata in F minor, Op. 13 No. 6

Piano Sonata in C major, Op. 20

Piano Sonata in F major, WO3

Sonata in E flat Major, Op. 23 No. 1

Sonata in F Major, Op. 23 No. 2

Sonata in E flat Major, Op. 23 No. 3

Sonata in F Major, Op. 24 No. 1

Sonata in B flat Major, Op. 24 No. 2


Howard Shelley’s series of Clementi’s piano sonatas is receiving great critical acclaim and is increasing popular interest in this under-recorded composer. The sonatas in the present volume date from the period just after Clementi’s adventures in Europe of 1780–83 that included an unfortunate and well-known confrontation with Mozart, and a protracted stay in Lyons. Clementi moved back to London and there had a considerable reputation as a performer, composer and teacher. His playing was praised, among other things, for its ‘novel freedoms in tempo and dynamics in the service of heightened expression’ and those qualities are noticeable in the works recorded here.

“Shelley's third volume (of six projected) makes abundantly clear that Clementi at best was an outstanding composer. He tempers the virtuoso finger-dexterity of the 'mechanicus' with sensitive expressiveness, including moments of wonderfully luminous half-pedalling, and meticulous balance to expose inner motifs. He's well served by lively and immediate recording.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2009 *****

“…it would be difficult to imagine all these works, whether slight or distinguished, given with greater skill, zest and affection. Every finger-twisting challenge is met with effortless ease, energy and grace, and Hyperion's sound is, as usual, of demonstration quality.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2009

“This is powerful, original music in its own right, not a mere anticipation of greater things to come. The adagio of Op 23, No 2, shows Clementi, who was called “the father of the pianoforte” on his gravestone, a master of the art of drawing riches from a three-note tag by subtle variations of harmony and texture. Even the pieces written to amuse the young lady pianists of London have striking energy.” Sunday Times, 28th June 2009 ***

“There are several gems in this collection, especially the Sonata in F minor Op 13 … the other sonatas here are also works of real quality and certainly worthy of comparison with the galant keyboard sonatas of Mozart and Haydn … Clementi’s sonatas have been neglected for too long: these are not mere virtuoso showcases but works with a real sense of structure and motivic development, with an astonishing inventiveness of keyboard figurations and ideas, and with a melodic fecundity that never ceases to amaze. Shelley’s articulation is impeccable and the technical intricacies pose no challenges … with performances of this commitment, with two discs for the price of one, immaculate sound from Hyperion and booklet notes by Leon Plantinga, this comes with the strongest recommendation” International Record Review

“The third volume of Howard Shelley's invaluable survey of Clementi piano sonatas confirms every expectation. Once more you are left to marvel at his unfailing brilliance and musicianship, qualities that can lift and enliven even the most predictable and mechanical gestures.
There may be possible thefts from Mozart (who disliked Clementi) and prophecies of Beethoven but, more generally, it would be difficult to imagine all these works, whether slight or distinguished, given with greater skill, zest and affection.
Every finger-twisting challenge is met with effortless ease, energy and grace, and Hyperion's sound is, as usual, of demonstration quality.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

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Clementi - Complete Piano Sonatas Volume 4

Clementi - Complete Piano Sonatas Volume 4


Clementi:

Sonata in C Major, Op. 25 No. 1

Sonata in G Major, Op. 25 No. 2

Sonata in B flat Major, Op. 25 No. 3

Sonata in A Major, Op. 25 No. 4

Sonata in F sharp minor, Op. 25 No. 5 (aka Op. 26 No. 2)

Sonata in D Major, Op. 25 No. 6

Sonata in F major, Op. 26

Sonata in A Major, Op. 33 No. 1

Sonata in F major, Op. 33 No. 2

Sonata in C Major, Op. 33 No. 3

Sonata in E flat major Op. 41


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Howard Shelley’s splendid series of Clementi’s complete piano sonatas continues with a fourth volume containing some of the composer’s most important works. The ten sonatas of Opp 25, 26, and 33 that Shelley performs in this recording are all products of a period in Clementi’s life when he was the darling of the London music scene, acclaimed by contemporaries in the most effusive language: ‘But the performance beyond all others to astonish, was Clementi’s concerto on the Piano Forte: what brilliancy of finger, and wonderful execution! The powers of the instrument were never called forth with superior skill, perhaps not equal’.

As well as the elements of virtuosity described above, the works recorded here—particularly the fourth and fifth of the Opp 25 sonatas—contain a high degree of compositional originality and forward-looking piano writing. The A major sonata (No 4) has a curiously nineteenth-century sound. The first movement, Maestoso e cantabile, displays a profusion of melodic ornament reminiscent of Chopin. The fifth, perhaps Clementi’s greatest sonata, was much championed by Horowitz, among others.

“…Shelley… adds to unfailing textural clarity, sensitivity of phrasing and fine touch a willingness to seek out what is meaningful in this music and realise it to a degree that might have surprised even its composer.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2009

“Shelley is a first-rate advocate, with passage-work of crystalline clarity, light-footed pedalling, and communicating a sense of deep commitment to this unjustly under-rated repertoire. The sound, within the two-dimensional limits of stereo, could not be better. Unreservedly recommended.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2009

“There is huge variety and pianistic invention … Shelley brings energy, vitality and clarity to the sparse textures of a work [Op 25 no 5] which owes much to Scarlatti … Stunning recording quality, exemplary programme notes by the leading authority on Clementi, two discs for the price of one and generous playing time on each, and piano playing of the first order from Howard Shelley” International Record Review

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Clementi - Complete Piano Sonatas Volume 5

Clementi - Complete Piano Sonatas Volume 5


Clementi:

Sonata in C Major, Op. 34 No. 1

Sonata in G minor Op. 34 No. 2

6 Progressive Piano Sonatinas, Op. 36 (complete)

Sonata in C Major, Op. 37 No. 1

Sonata in G Major, Op. 37 No. 2

Sonata in D Major, Op. 37 No. 3

Sonata in B flat Major, Op. 46


Howard Shelley’s acclaimed series of the complete Piano Sonatas of Clementi reaches its penultimate volume. In the latter half of the 1790s, when all the sonatas and sonatinas heard in this recording (with the exception of the Sonata Op 46) were published, Clementi apparently devoted his energies mainly to teaching. His pupils included members of wellplaced families in London who were able to meet his reported fee of one guinea per lesson. He also had among his students aspiring professionals, including J B Cramer, Theresa Jansen, Benoit-August Bertini, and John Field.

The sonatas heard here, owing to their technical difficulty, appear for the most part to be addressed to such students and other accomplished pianists—and perhaps for Clementi’s own performance in private circles. The sonatinas are clearly intended for less advanced pupils; today they are Clementi’s most well-known works as countless young pianists are still given them for instruction. Therefore this set should be of particular interest to many of those pupils and their teachers.

“...there is nothing to reproach [Shelley] for in any of these performances, which, as ever in this series, are clearly played, intelligently detailed and perfectly recorded.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2010

“[Shelley's] playing is exemplary, with a gloriously fluent technique and a most perceptive interpretational approach...The Six Sonatinas here prove particularly nostalgic, core repertoire from many a pianist's childhood...an irresistable offering.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2010 *****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - July 2010

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Clementi - Complete Piano Sonatas Volume 6

Clementi - Complete Piano Sonatas Volume 6


Clementi:

Piano Sonata in G major, Op. 40, No. 1

Piano Sonata in B minor, Op. 40, No. 2

Piano Sonata In D major, Op. 40, No. 3

Sonata in A major Op. 50 No. 1

Sonata in D minor, Op. 50 No. 2

Sonata in G minor, Op. 50 No. 3


Howard Shelley’s series of Clementi’s Piano Sonatas has received the highest critical acclaim and reawoken interest in this important body of piano music. Today, the composer has been overshadowed by his great rivals; but, as this unique series has shown, the best of his sonatas can equal Mozart and Haydn and were clearly a huge influence on the young Beethoven.

This sixth and final volume contains some of the most complex, virtuosic and large-scale works that Clementi wrote for the keyboard, written for performance in London concert halls, by the great pianists of the day, for a fashionable and discerning audience.

“For all the temptation to compare Clementi with his more familiar contemporaries, a clear and distinctive voice appears through this complete sonatas. Shelley's technical security allows him to project a sense of ease and spontaneity...a benchmark which I doubt will be moved for a very long time.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2010 *****

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The Classical Piano Concerto 3: F X Mozart & Clementi

The Classical Piano Concerto 3: F X Mozart & Clementi


Clementi:

Piano Concerto in C major, Op. 33, No. 3

Mozart, F X:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major, Op. 14

Piano Concerto No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 25


Howard Shelley (piano & conductor)

Sinfonieorchester St Gallen

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Franz Xaver Mozart was born just four months before the death of his father, Wolfgang Amadeus. A pianist of similarly precocious talent, he nevertheless wrote just two piano concertos: coupled with Clementi’s only surviving essay in the genre, they make a sparkling addition to our Classical Piano Concerto series.

“All three works receive splendid advocacy from Howard Shelley (a stalwart of Hyperion’s Romantic Piano Concerto series, and also a tireless champion of Clementi’s solo piano music) and the incisive St Gallen Symphony Orchestra, who offer especially piquant wind playing and some delightfully teasing rubato as the theme reappears time and again in the Rondo finale of the E flat concerto.” Presto Classical, 5th August 2016

“Shelley tucks into the solo part [of the First Concerto] with almost nonchalant ease, alive to every colour change as Franz Xaver darts momentarily into minor keys…the delightfully capricious rondo finale is given with tremendous élan…[he finds] a superb translucency [in the Second Concerto] even at the lowest register. He brings a real poignancy to the halting, minor-key slow movement, while the finale is brought to life with an unobtrusive felicity” Gramophone Magazine, August 2016

“His first piano concerto, from 1809, is a homage to Mozart senior’s Viennese concertos; bursting with sparkling pianism and delightful, lyrical themes, it could almost be an exercise in clever pastiche. The second, however, is more distinctly his own; noble and broad in conception with some bravura writing for the soloist, engagingly played here by the admirable Howard Shelley.” The Guardian, 4th September 2016 ****

“[these concertos are] handled with dexterity by Howard Shelley and the Swiss St Gallen orchestra alike” Classical Ear, 15th November 2016

“Howard Shelley and the orchestra take the listener on an emotional journey” Financial Times, 29th July 2016

Presto Disc of the Week

5th August 2016

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