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CLEMENTI ON CLEMENTI
PETER KATIN

One of the top pianists of the last century, Peter Katin presents five of the keyboard sonatas by Muzio Clementi. These works were recorded in Peter Katin’s own studio on an 1832 Clementi square piano, restored by Andrew Lancaster. A truly authentic period performance using an instrument made by the composer's own family firm, and the only such recording available of these fine pieces.

 

playing time: 74.35
direct sale price:  £8.50
audio  sample:   Sonata in F minor - allegro agitato (extract)
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tracks:

Sonata in F sharp minor, Op.25 no 5
Sonata in B flat major, Op.24 no 2
Sonata in G minor, Op. 7 no 3
Sonata in D major, Op.25 no 6
Sonata in F minor, Op.13 no 6

review extracts: for full reviews click here
“[Katin] exhilarates in the instrument’s expressive potential. So exquisite is Katin’s phrasal intuitiveness, so inevitable and supple his rubato…he also makes a glorious sound, underpinned by a seamless cantabile that glows throughout like an iridescent pearl” – Julian Haylock (BBC Music Magazine) (awarded 5 red stars: "outstanding")
“as authentic as one could findů very realistically recorded.”  - Penguin Guide to Compact Discs
“This disc is a delight. I want to give further indication of the unequalled stature of Peter Katin both as a pianist and musician. The music has charm, elegance and wit. To describe Peter Katin’s performances would necessitate a host of superlatives” (Performance 5 stars Recording 4 stars ) – David Wright (MusicWeb)

“Katin’s playing is a treat to hear. This is an opportunity to hear how a composer’s works sounded at the time they were written. An interesting argument for the inclusion of the square piano in public performance” David Blomenberg (MusicWeb)

“Katin’s faith in music and its composers is ageless. It seems to be his whole reason for playing” -Daily Telegraph
“Always thoughtful in his delivery and phrasing, Katin repays careful listening. Katin challenges expectation… at times his interpretations are surprising… he manages to capture an individual character from each of the sonatas” – Warwick Cole (International Record Review)
one of BBC Music Magazine's BEST DISCS OF 1994 (original issue on Athene)