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Muzio Clementi was ‘The Father of the pianoforte’, a performer, teacher, publisher and manufacturer of pioneering importance. But in addition to the works for piano, he also wrote a series of symphonies which, along with Cherubini’s D major Symphony (Naxos 8557908), are the only works by an Italian composer to stand comparison with the great Viennese symphonies of the time. Colourful, characterful and atmospheric, these important works show the influence of Haydn, but also, in their orchestral richness, of Beethoven and Schubert.
Muzio Clementi: Overture in D major
Overture in D major
Muzio Clementi: Symphony No. 1 in C major, WoO 32 (completed by Alfredo Casella, 1938)
I. Larghetto - Allegro vivace
II. Andante con moto
III. Minuetto: Allegretto - Trio
IV. Finale: Allegro vivace - Animato e giocoso
Muzio Clementi: Symphony No. 2 in D major, WoO 33 (edited P. Spada)
I. Adagio - Allegro
II. Larghetto cantabile
III. Minuetto: Allegretto
IV. Finale: Presto
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