Clementi - Keyboard Sonatas, Fantasia con variazioni | Naxos 8573608

Clementi - Keyboard Sonatas, Fantasia con variazioni


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573608

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 13th October 2017



Muzio Clementi’s legacy to pianists is recognised as highly significant for his introduction of a new virtuosity and exploration of the possibilities of the then recently invented fortepiano. His three Sonatas, op.23, were published in London in 1790, their style reflecting Haydn’s tremendous popularity in the city at that time. The later Sonata, op.34, offers more dramatic contrast, sparkling with chains of thirds, hand-crossing and much use of octaves, comparable resources also being explored in the Fantasia con variazioni on the familiar song ‘Au clair de la lune’.

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