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CRAMER, Johann Baptist (1771-1858)

PIANO SONATAS

AIR ANGLO-CALÉDONIEN VARIÉ • PIANO SONATA OP. 25, NO. 2 • LA GIGUE • PIANO SONATA OP. 27, NO. 1


  • Matteo Napoli, piano

Johann Baptist Cramer made his name in London and Europe as one of the leading pianists of the day. His virtuoso skills at the keyboard can be heard in the florid and playful Variations on an Anglo-Caledonian Air and the ebullient Sonata Op. 25, No. 2. Beginning with an operatic slow introduction marked Patetico e lento, followed by a dramatic Allegro, the Sonata Op. 27, No. 1 anticipates Beethoven in its emotional range.

Tracklist

 
Air Anglo-Caledonien Varie () (00:15:10 )
1
Introduction: Largo (00:02:06)
2
Air (00:01:17)
3
Variation 1 (00:00:52)
4
Variation 2 - Variation 3 (00:02:18)
5
Variation 4 (00:01:29)
6
Variation 5 - Variation 6 (00:02:11)
7
Variation 7: Andante espressivo (00:02:19)
8
Variation 8: Allegretto - Variation 9 - Coda (00:02:38)
 
Piano Sonata in D Major, Op. 25, No. 2 () (00:14:20 )
9
I. Allegro spiritoso (00:06:23)
10
II. Andantino con moto (00:04:03)
11
III. Rondo quasi presto (00:04:00)
 
Piano Sonata in G Major, Op. 39, No. 3, "La Gigue" () (00:14:20 )
12
I. Adagio espressivo (00:08:33)
13
II. Scherzo (00:01:47)
14
III. Presto (00:01:40)
 
Piano Sonata in F Minor, Op. 27, No. 1 () (00:20:32 )
15
I. Patetico e lento (00:04:20)
16
II. Allegro scherzando (00:07:48)
17
III. Andante con moto (00:02:49)
18
IV. Rondo allegretto (00:05:41)
World Première Recording
Total Time: 01:02:14

The Artist

Matteo Napoli is an honours graduate of the Giordano Conservatory (Foggia). Early in his career he captured worldwide attention winning many competitions, including First Prize in the International Liszt Competition at Lucca in 1986. He has performed in Europe, as well as in New York, Mexico City, São Paolo, Japan, Australia, China and Malaysia. As a soloist, he has appeared with a number of orchestras, including the Orchestra da Camera di Firenze, Brasov Philharmonic, Ofunam Philharmonic Orchestra, Tirana Opera House, Cyprus Chamber Orchestra, NSO of Malaysia, and, in New Zealand, the Manukau Symphony Orchestra and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra.

www.matteonapoli.com

Reviews

“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.” – Fanfare

“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.” – American Record Guide

“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.” – MusicWeb International