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Our catalogue of recordings of Muzio Clementi’s piano sonatas and other works has been growing steadily over the years, and collectors have shown consistent enthusiasm for this exploration of repertoire that takes us beyond the more commonly heard examples by Mozart and Haydn.

‘I discovered the early Clementi sonatas through Naxos’ suggestion to record these miniature gems. Each sonata displays memorable melodies which unfold in a charmingly simple and direct manner, and takes the listener (as well as the performer) on an enchanting journey.’

Soyeon Kate Lee

Muzio CLEMENTI (1752–1832)
Keyboard Sonatas
Op. 1, No. 6 • Op. 1a, Nos. 1, 4 and 5
Op. 13, No. 4 • Op. 24, No. 1 • Op. 26

Soyeon Kate Lee, Piano

Muzio Clementi was born four years before Mozart and outlived Beethoven by the same span. His legacy to pianists as a composer and teacher was a significant one, introducing new virtuosity and exploring the expressive possibilities of the piano, a recently developed instrument. Clementi dedicated his youthful Op. 1 sonatas to his benefactor Peter Beckford, and the brilliant Sonata in F major, Op. 24, No. 1 is the partner work to Op. 24, No. 2 played in the famous contest between Clementi and Mozart. In her recording of Scarlatti’s Keyboard Sonatas (8.573795) Soyeon Kate Lee ‘applies her playful imagination to each one, polishing it into a unique gem’ (The WholeNote).

About the Artist
First Prize winner of the Naumburg International Piano Competition and the Concert Artist Guild International Competition, Korean-American pianist Soyeon Kate Lee has been rapturously received as guest soloist with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as many other symphony orchestras across the US. Soyeon Kate Lee is a Naxos recording artist; she is also a Yamaha Artist and an associate professor of music in piano at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.
Previous releases of Clementi Keyboard Sonatas
‘... Magnetic performances of five sparkling and original early sonatas by Clementi, on what one hopes is the start of a series from Naxos.’
Penguin Guide
‘Clementi comes alive in this
fantastic recording. Any good interpreter of Clementi needs a light yet expressive touch, and Chaplikov certainly has that.’
American Record Guide
‘... Refined, humorously pointed fingerwork, exquisite shadings, and elegant phrases timed to a proverbial tee. A must for piano fans.’
‘Admirable performances… with appropriate restraint, feeling no need to amp up the thrills with volumes of sound unavailable in Clementi’s time.’
MusicWeb International
‘Susan Alexander-Max exploits every operatic twist and turn in this vivid account of emotional turmoil and reflection, transporting the listener into a constantly changing world of
musical colour.’
Early Music Today ★★★★★
‘... Definitive performances that match splendid playing with an appreciation of, and sympathy with, Clementi’s diverse, classically based style.’
American Record Guide
For the full list of recordings of Clementi’s music on Naxos, follow this link.

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