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Myron Silberstein
Fanfare, May 2016

Matteo Napoli plays with sensitivity and aplomb. His interpretations are tasteful and elegant rather than overtly effusive. He is particularly adept at capturing the humor in much of Cramer’s writing. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review

Alan Becker
American Record Guide, March 2016

The general feeling for all these pieces is optimism and cheer. This is wonderfully conveyed by Napoli, who is obviously enjoying himself with these uncomplicated works. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

John France
MusicWeb International, January 2016

The sound quality of the recording is splendid. The playing is exciting, sympathetic and exacting.

…a fine addition to a fairly small corpus of Cramer’s recorded music. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2015

By the beginning of the 19th century, Johann Baptist Cramer’s career as a leading concert pianist had given way to the publication of his keyboard compositions. From a long line of musicians, his life began when Mozart was an established composer and ended at a time when he was playing duets with Liszt. That he was a consummate craftsman is clearly evinced in the Variations on an Anglo-Caledonian Air, a quite jolly piece that would have provided his concerts with a virtuoso showpiece that still deserves a place in the repertoire. He was also to write a number of sonatas, the three on the present disc coming from the period 1801 to 1807, his optional parts for flute or violin in ‘La Gigue’, no doubt inserted to increase sheet music sales. They are generally of a charming disposition—apart the slow and sombre opening to the first of opus 27—and you would imagine them being played in a soiree rather than a concert hall setting. Historically they came after Mozart’s death, and at the onset of the Beethoven era, which rather leaves them in a no-man’s-land where we can admire them, while knowing that their day has long since passed. I am sure Cramer would be grateful to find a modern-day champion in the Italian-born pianist, Matteo Napoli, who plays them with such an abiding passion that you can hardly fail to enjoy the disc. They would have been composed for the newly developed piano-forte, but are here recorded on a modern Steinway in a clean and clear ambiance. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

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