CLEMENTI / MASTROPRIMIANO

Sonatas for Fortepiano (on original instruments)

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Muzio Clementi

(23.01.1752, Roma – 10.03.1832, Evesham)

 
 

interpreted by:

  

COSTANTINO

MASTROPRIMIANO

(28.10.1964, Foggia)  

  

one of Italy's best fortepiano players

   

 

 

about Clementi:

“Clementi, full of temperament, anticipated an European cultural union in the name of music and fortepiano.”

   

 

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W. A. Mozart (1756 – 1791) about Clementi:

“by the way, his taste and sensitivity is not worth a penny

 

  L. v. Beethoven (1770 – 1827) about Clementi:

“the most beautiful and the most pianistic of all compositions” 

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COSTANTINO MASTROPRIMIANO  
  

The Roman pianist and musicologist Costantino Mastroprimiano is an acknowledged expert in Clementi

One of Italy’s best fortepiano players

says the head of the Milan foundation Arcadia, that supports Mastrorpimiano’s Clementi project: registration of the complete Sonatas for fortepiano on original instruments.

He is editor and member of the scientific committee for Muzio Clementi’s complete work for the music publishing company Ut Orpheus, Bologna.

   

♫ mp3: Sonata op. 10 n. 1, Prestissimo

♫ mp3: Sonata op. 7 n. 3, Presto

♫ mp3: Sonata op. 8 n. 1, Andante cantabile

registration: Brillant Classics

534 KB 0:33 / 605 KB 0:38 /1,34 MB 1:10 

   

As a soloist and chamber music musician he has played in all Italian mayor cities, in Austria (Brahms-Saal Wiener Musikverein), in France in Bulgaria, Slovenia, Germany. He per-formed Mozart’s complete chamber music work. As a world première he played at the San Gimignano Festival J. S. Bach’s Goldberg-Variationen together with the 14 canons BWV 1089 on the fortepiano.

Besides his artistic and scientific work he is professor for chamber music at Perugia’s Conservatory.

  

   

Mastroprimiano is founder and member of “Concert sans Orchestre” - with Fiorella Andriani, flute, Liana Mosca, violin, Marco Testori, violoncello - an ensemble devoting itself on chamber music repertoire and on authorial transcriptions on original instruments.

 

 

  

Costantino Mastroprimiano holds a Foggia Conservatory and Siena Accademy Chigiana diploma in piano and chamber music, both with distinction.

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Muzio Clementi

(23.01.1752, Roma – 10.03.1832, Evesham)

   

   

At the age of fourteen Clementi arrived in the UK, where his musical edcation was guaranteed by a sponsor. In 1773 his first sonatas were published, four years later he became a cembalist of the London Italian opera. In 1781 he began travelling to Paris, Strassburg and Vienna, where he passed very well a competition with Mozart. Other travels up to St. Petersburg followed. In London he worked as a soloist, concductor and professor. He also became partner of a music publiher’s house and the fortepiano factory Longman & Broderip. In spring 1807 Clementi met Beethoven in Vienna and published some of his works.

 

  

  

Sources let us know undoubtfully that Beethoven had great respect for Clementi. In his small musical libary nearly all sonatas by Clementi could be found. According to his secretary Schindler he classified them as “the most beautiful and the most pianistic of all compositions”.

Clementi helds a very important position in the history of fortepiano music. On the contrary to Mozart, Beethoven respected him very well and owes him a lot. As a pianist Clementi conctributed much to the way how playing the fortepiano with more sound, as a composer he developed the sonata’s. form. His most important work are 106 sonatas for fortepiano, Gradus and Parnassum still studied  today, one piano concert, chamber music and six sinfonies.

source Brockhaus Riemann Musiklexikon, Wiesbaden, Mainz 1978

   

“Muzio Clementi was a cosmopolitan prototype par excellence. Born in Rome, adopted in Britain, he lived in Vienna, as well. He travelled all around Europe, spoke about seven languages fluently, and had realtions with many European countries. Clementi anticipated an European cultural union in the name of music and pianoforte.”

Mastroprimiano about Clementi

 

   

About his competition with Muzio Clementi Mozart wrote to his father:

  

16. Januar 1782

Mon trés cher Pére!

Nun vom Clementi. – Dieser ist ein braver Cembalist. – Dann ist auch alles gesagt. – Er hat sehr viele fertigkeit in der rechten hand. – Seine Pasagen sind die Terzen. – Übrigens hat er um keinen kreutzer geschmack noch empfindung.* – Ein blosser Mechanicus. Der kayser that |: nach dem wir uns genug Complimenten machten :| den ausspruch, daß Er zu spiellen anfangen sollte. La santa chiesa Catholica sagte er. Weil Clementi ein Römer ist. – Er praeludirte, und spiellte eine Sonate – dann sagte der kayser zu mir allons drauf los. – Ich praeludirte auch und spiellte variazionen. Übrigens weis ich von sehr guter hand, daß er recht zufrieden war. Der kayser war sehr gnädig gegen mich, und hat vieles heimlich mit mir gesprochen – auch von meiner heyrath – wer weis – vielleicht – was glauben sie? – versuchen kann man es immer. –

Leben sie wohl. Ich küsse ihnen 1000mal die hände, und bin ewig dero gehorsamster Sohn

   

Wolfgang Amadé Mozart

    

* by the way, his taste and sensitivity is not worth a penny

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Sonatas for Fortepiano by

Muzio Clementi

(1752 – 1832)

presented by

COSTANTINO MASTROPRIMIANO

 

   

Costantino Mastroprimiano’s idea is to record Muzio Clementi’s entire work for fortepiano on original instruments. As for the played instruments as for the musical sources, the recording will be a wold wide premiere.

   

The complete work will be recorded on 16 CDs, using original instruments belonging to important European collections – like the Accardi van Bussel collection or Finchcooks – and instruments of historical importance will be played. As well The instruments will be choosen according to the chronology of the compositions.

   

The musical sources will be original sources, for example the first Viennese editions or recently found sources in London. As well the instruments will be choosen according to the chronology of the compositions.

Thanks to the initiative of the Italian fortepiano player Costantino Mastroprimiano the project was brought into being. Mastroprimiano is one of the editors of Clementi’s entire work for Ut Orpheus publishers, Bologna, in Italy and abroad since ten years he dedicates his work to Clementi.

The project is realized thanks to the label Brillant Classics, one of the most important music houses worldwide, and thanks to the Milan foundation Arcadia.

www.utorpheus.com

http://records.joanrecords.com

www.fondazionearcadia.org

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Le sonate per Fortepiano di

Muzio Clementi

presentate da

COSTANTINO MASTROPRIMIANO

The artist has all the Clementi-Sonatas in his repertory and can combine them with other composers like Mozart or Beethoven. The final programmation will be done on arrangement and knowledge about instrument and concert place.

    

Two programme proposals:

   

      

Costantino Mastroprimiano

Programma I

Preludio a la Kozeluh

Sonata e flat major op. 9 n. 2

- Allegro assai Lento - Rondo. Allegro

Rondo b flat major WoO 8

Sonata e flat major op. 11

(original version acc. manuscript)

- Allegro - Rondo. Presto

   

Sonata g minor op. 7 n. 3

- Allegro con spirito - Cantabile e lento -  Presto

Sonata g minor op. 34 n. 2

- Largo e sostenuto. Allegro con fuoco

 - Un poco Adagio - Finale. Molto Allegro

       

♫ mp3: Sonata op. 7 n. 3, Presto

♫ mp3: Sonata op. 10 n. 1, Prestissimo

registration: Brillant Classics

605 KB 0:38 / 534 KB 0:33 / 1,34 MB 1:10 

Programma II

Preludio alla Vanhal

Sonata g minor op. 8 n. 1

- Allegro con spirito - Andante cantabile - Presto

Preludio alla Haydn

Sonata e flat major op. 41

- Allegro ma con grazia - Adagio molto e con anima - Allegro molto Vivace

      

Preludio II alla Mozart

Sonata f sharp minor op. 25 n. 5

- Piuttosto Allegro con espressisione - Lento e patetico - Presto

Preludio I alla Mozart

Sonata b flat major op. 24 n. 2

- Allegro con brio - Andante quasi Allegretto - Rondo. Allegro assai

       

♫ mp3: Sonata op. 8 n. 1, Andante cantabile