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Alan Becker
American Record Guide, March 2013

I must add my accolades on listening to this newcomer. Not only is the writing relevant as training exercises for developing and accomplished fingers, but Clementi was too fine a musician to ignore musical values.

Marangoni is to be congratulated for bringing us into contact with this extraordinary body of works. His playing is imaginative and, as expected, technically brilliant. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2012

Brought to London in 1766 at the age of seventeen by a wealthy Englishman, Muzio Clementi become England’s most famous virtuoso pianist and composer. With the money he earned, he developed a highly regarded piano making company and music publishing house. Both companies had it in their best interests to increase the number of students playing the instrument, and he was to publish teaching manuals, the culmination of these coming with the three volumes, Gradus ad Parnassum, setting out 100 studies. Though today they would not be seen as such, they were at that time intended for advanced students aiming to perfect their technique to the highest possible level. He was also to demonstrate his own compositional techniques, that had resulted in twenty symphonies, by including fugues, preludes and canons, together with some finger-twisting exercises, a perfect example in the 48th exercise (track 7). The disc takes us from numbers forty-two to fifty-nine, most of them being quite short, and I guess Clementi never expected them to be played in concert, the sixty-first being a rare movement of a length that can sustain the listener’s interest, its thematic material reminding one of late Mozart. We return to Clementi’s Italian homeland for the soloist, Alessandro Marangoni, whose clarity of articulation is admirable in performances that never inflates the music above its modest levels. The sound quality is pleasing. © 2012 David’s Review Corner






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