New! Clementi: Gradus ad Parnassum, Vol. 1 [Naxos]

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New! Clementi: Gradus ad Parnassum, Vol. 1 [Naxos]

Post by Lance » Sun Nov 14, 2010 1:30 am

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Muzio Clementi (1752-1832)
Gradus ad Parnassum, Op. 44
The Art of Playing the Pianoforte
Volume 1: Exercises Nos. 1-24
Alessandro Marangoni, piano (Steinway)
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The first of four volumes of Clementi’s attempt—via 100 progressively difficult studies—to provide a repository of stylistically diverse pieces designed to demonstrate the utmost technical mastery of the piano. A previous issue, on the Arts label, used nine different pianists, was more expensive and was not widely available here so this new one, with the young Italian pianist whose Rossini series for this label won praise, may be right up your collecting alley. Alessandro Marangoni (piano).

While you may not believe it might be enjoyable listening to music designed to make piano players better than they are—that is musical exercises—I would say that is an erroneous statement for sure. I truly enjoyed hearing Alessandro Marangoni playing this technically difficult music while squeezing out every ounce of musicality at the same time. It took a few tracks to get used to the sound of the Steinway piano used for the recording. The instrument is from the collection of Angelo Fabbrini. It is difficult to decide if this is an older instrument that has been refurbished or is a newer instrument, the confusion due to the recording quaility itself. Obviously, Mr. Alessandro has nary a one technical difficulty in playing the music. In fact, it's wonderful to hear the music played so flawlessly. It may be a fine disc to play for young folks who want to play the piano as it would be most inspiring. ♪
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Re: New! Clementi: Gradus ad Parnassum, Vol. 1 [Naxos]

Post by Chalkperson » Sun Nov 14, 2010 2:15 am

I made the mistake of listening to PIano Exercises once before, never again... :mrgreen:
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Re: New! Clementi: Gradus ad Parnassum, Vol. 1 [Naxos]

Post by Donald Isler » Sun Nov 14, 2010 8:41 am

Brings back memories of Robert Goldsand, who had his students study the Gradus ad Parnassum.
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Re: New! Clementi: Gradus ad Parnassum, Vol. 1 [Naxos]

Post by ch1525 » Sun Nov 14, 2010 10:43 am

Someone should record Czerny's School of Velocity! Has this been done?

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Post by Lance » Sun Nov 14, 2010 11:53 am

I believe some of it (maybe all of it, I can't recall at the moment). It was recorded especially for- and issued by the Musical Heritage Society by Canadian-born/British-American pianist Vivien Harvey Slater who was pianist in residence at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. I had the pleasure of interviewing her and doing a radio presentation on her art, and also tuning her Steinway piano at her home some years ago. I have now lost track of her and would love to know where she is living, now being very elderly or perhaps deceased. It is a pity her performances were never issued on CD by MHS.

ADDENDUM: I just discovered this on an Internet search dated November 14th, 2010:

The Parkinson Alliance Benefit Concert Featuring Vivien Harvey Slater
Pianist Vivien Harvey Slater played concerts on Tuesday, September 25th and on Sunday, September 30th [2010] with guest cellist Wesley Baldwin to raise research dollars for The Parkinson Alliance and in memory of her husband, Dr. Joseph Locke Slater. The concerts were held at Le Moyne College's Grewen Auditorium and Colgate University's Chapel, respectively, in Syracuse, NY.

Pianist-in-residence at Colgate University, Mrs. Slater is a well-known musician in the Central New York area. She began her piano career early studying in Warren, Ohio with an American pupil of Viennese Theodore Leschetizky [Severein Eisenberger —Ed.]. She later graduated from the Conservatory in Cincinnati. Soon after, Mrs. Slater began a performing and teaching career in the New York City area.

Joseph Slater died of Parkinson's disease in February. They were married for 62 years. "I'm doing this for his memory and for The Parkinson Alliance, Mrs. Slater said. "The more we know about Parkinson's, the sooner they'll be able to find a cure."



ch1525 wrote:Someone should record Czerny's School of Velocity! Has this been done?
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Re: New! Clementi: Gradus ad Parnassum, Vol. 1 [Naxos]

Post by jbuck919 » Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:15 pm

ch1525 wrote:Someone should record Czerny's School of Velocity! Has this been done?
Hanon, let's have Hanon! :)

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Re: New! Clementi: Gradus ad Parnassum, Vol. 1 [Naxos]

Post by Donald Isler » Tue Nov 16, 2010 12:27 am

Vivien Harvey Slater gave quite an impressive presentation to my former music teachers' organization perhaps 8 or 10 years ago. Played some of Czerny's harder works for us, and played very well, indeed!

I much prefer Czerny to Hanon, John. I find Czerny's pieces, even the easier ones, to be "real" pieces of music, whereas Hanon's appear to be just reptitions of patterns that bore me. I actually once had an adult student whose name was Hanon. He was a fireman! And he'd never heard of the composer!
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Re: New! Clementi: Gradus ad Parnassum, Vol. 1 [Naxos]

Post by jbuck919 » Tue Nov 16, 2010 6:29 am

Donald Isler wrote:Vivien Harvey Slater gave quite an impressive presentation to my former music teachers' organization perhaps 8 or 10 years ago. Played some of Czerny's harder works for us, and played very well, indeed!

I much prefer Czerny to Hanon, John. I find Czerny's pieces, even the easier ones, to be "real" pieces of music, whereas Hanon's appear to be just reptitions of patterns that bore me. I actually once had an adult student whose name was Hanon. He was a fireman! And he'd never heard of the composer!
I was joking--should have used Mr. Green. And I once had a math student named Euler. :mrgreen:

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