Thrilling Clementi on a modern instrument

Clementi: Keyboard Sonatas

Sandro De Palma (piano)

Muzio Clementi saw the piano evolve from relative fragility in the 18th century to its dominance at the beginning of the Romantic era. One should not ignore the part that he played in transforming the keyboard into a virtuoso instrument.

On this CD the talented Italian pianist, Sandro De Palma performs four of Clementi’s keyboard sonatas. We get two early works, Sonata in G Major, Op. 1 No. 3 and Sonata in E flat Major, Op. 8 No. 2 framed by two mature works, Sonata in G minor, Op. 50 No. 3 and Sonata in D minor, Op. 50 No. 2. Whilst Beethoven is known to have admired Clementi’s work one has to say that this music is not the equivalent of Beethoven – how could it be? Nonetheless these are highly enjoyable works that show Clementi’s development as a composer for the keyboard. They are well performed and the recording allows one to fully appreciate Sandro De Palma’s excellent pianism. Well worth exploring and adding to your collection.

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