Clementi: Piano Sonatas
MSR Classics MS-1475
Clementi: Piano Sonata in G major, Op 37 No 2 (14:11)
Ian Hominick, piano
If Haydn is the father of the string quartet and the symphony, Muzio Clementi has with some justification been called the father of the piano. He had great influence on other composers, not least of all Beethoven, who was one of his greatest admirers. The influence of Clementi’s sonatas is evident in youthful Beethoven. It was Clementi who passed on to a whole new generation of pianists his ideals of performance, which not only emphasized legato technique but a broad range of technical challenges.