Muzio Clementi: Gradus ad Parnassum, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
Etudes and exercises -- the musical equivalent of the multiplication tables -- have two extremes: either they are too repetitive and boring even for the performer to practice or they are so musical sounding that it's hard to believe the performer is learning anything from them. The latter type would be exemplified by the piano etudes of Chopin and Debussy; the former by Hanon. Muzio Clementi's celebrated and didactic "Gradus ad Parnassum" contains 44 exercises, and most listeners, and pianists definitely, will be happy to hear that they fall closer to the musical end of the spectrum. Alessandro Marangoni has recorded all 44, with this disc covering the first 24. Clementi ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Patsy Morita
Etudes and exercises -- the musical equivalent of the multiplication tables -- have two extremes: either they are too repetitive and boring even for the performer to practice or they are so musical sounding that it's hard to believe the performer is learning anything from them. The latter type would be exemplified by the piano etudes of Chopin and Debussy; the former by Hanon. Muzio Clementi's celebrated and didactic "Gradus ad Parnassum" contains 44 exercises, and most listeners, and pianists definitely, will be happy to hear that they fall closer to the musical end of the spectrum. Alessandro Marangoni has recorded all 44, with this disc covering the first 24. Clementi is obviously training the pianist in a particular technique through repetition, but there is always some melodic element and often an element of compositional structure as well. Nos. 9-11 and Nos. 12-15 are suites, and each has a piece using fugal counterpoint. Nos. 16 and 17 are perpetual motion exercises that mirror each other by changing the dominant hand. While Clementi's etudes do not approach the level of appeal or memorability those of Chopin or Debussy, they are able to capture the player's interest. They are also quite substantive, as Marangoni seems to dig right into them as if he were tackling a large project that needs to be finished. Often, he sounds as if he is enjoying himself and the fact that he's able to handle the challenges, although there are spots, such as in No. 17, where he momentarily loses steam. The second suite is where Marangoni applies the most interpretive choices, giving the fugue No. 13 and Adagio sostenuto some expressive shaping. However, within most of these exercises, there could be even more musicality or tonal coloring, even though they do not fully embrace the Romantic era stylistically. The somewhat tinny and cold sound of the recording doesn't help in this respect, either. Yet, Marangoni's recording satisfactorily illustrates that these exercises are much more approachable than not, for anyone who's been curious about this famous, but rarely heard, collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/2010
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313232574
  • Catalog Number: 8572325
  • Sales rank: 149,945

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: No. 1 Con velocità - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (1:16)
  2. 2 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: No. 2 Allegrissimo - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (1:22)
  3. 3 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: No. 3. Vivacissimo - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (0:57)
  4. 4 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: No. 4 Allegro, ma con grazia - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (4:27)
  5. 5 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: No. 5 Andante quasi allegretto, con espressione - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (3:07)
  6. 6 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: No. 6 Allegro moderato - Più moderato - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (3:36)
  7. 7 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: No. 7 Vivacissimo - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (2:34)
  8. 8 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: No. 8 Allegretto moderato e con grazia - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (2:00)
  9. 9 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: Suite de trois pieces. No. 9. 1. Preludio - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (1:27)
  10. 10 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: Suite de trois pieces. No. 10. 2. Allegro moderato - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (2:17)
  11. 11 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: Suite de trois pieces. No. 11. 3. Allegro moderato - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (4:28)
  12. 12 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: Suite de quatre pièces. No. 12. 1. Preludio: Alleg - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (1:24)
  13. 13 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: Suite de quatre pièces. No. 2. Fuga: Allegro non t - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (3:51)
  14. 14 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: Suite de quatre pièces. No. 14. 3. Adagio sostenut - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (5:30)
  15. 15 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: Suite de quatre pièces. No. 15. 4. Finale: Allegro - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (7:16)
  16. 16 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: No. 16 Veloce - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (1:38)
  17. 17 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: No. 17 Veloce - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (1:42)
  18. 18 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: No. 18 Introduzione: Grave - Fugato: Allegro - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (4:42)
  19. 19 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: No. 19 Presto - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (1:22)
  20. 20 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: No. 20 Allegro - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (1:15)
  21. 21 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: No. 21 Veloce - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (1:31)
  22. 22 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: No. 22 Allegro con spirito - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (2:34)
  23. 23 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: No. 23 Presto - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (0:57)
  24. 24 Gradus ad Parnassum, studies for piano, Op. 44: No. 24 Presto - Muzio Clementi & Paolo Zeccara (2:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alessandro Marangoni Primary Artist
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