Clementi: Keyboard Sonatas - Sandro De Palma (CD)

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Sandro De Palma

Muzio Clementi saw the piano evolve from relative fragility in the 18th century to its dominance at the beginning of the Romantic era – his influence in developing the instrument’s virtuoso possibilities cannot be overstated. These works embrace this progression, illustrating Clementi’s earlier Classical style in the Sonata, Op. 1, No. 3, introducing more scintillating virtuosity in Op. 8, No. 2, and taking us to the dramatic final sonatas including Op. 50, No. 3, which narrates the story of Dido, Queen of Carthage.

Sadro De Palma was born in Naples, and made his recital debut at the age of nine. At the age of sixteen, he made his debut recording of works by Liszt, and participated in the premiere recording of Clementi’s Gradus ad Parnassum for Fonit Cetra- a recording which won the 20th Italian Critics Award. He has performed at prestigious venues and festivals around the world with some of the greatest artists and ensembles including Andrea Bocelli, Donato Renzetti, Yuri Temirkanov, Boris Belkin, and others.

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Muzio Clementi:

Keyboard Sonata in G Minor, Op. 50, No. 3, "Didone abbandonata"
1. I. Introduzione: Largo patetico e sostenuto - II. Allegro ma con espressione - Più allegro
2. III. Adagio dolente -
3. IV. Allegro agitato e con disperazione

Keyboard Sonata in B-Flat Major, Op. 1, No. 3
4. I. Maestoso
5. II. Andantino grazioso

Keyboard Sonata in E-Flat Major, Op. 8, No. 2
6. I. Allegro assai
7. II. Larghetto con espressione
8. III. Rondeau: Allegro

Keyboard Sonata in D Minor, Op. 50, No. 2
9. I. Allegro non troppo ma con energia
10. II. Adagio con espressione
11. III. Allegro con fuoco, ma non troppo presto