Costantino Mastroprimiano (fortepiano) Hummel : Complete Piano Sonatas

Hummel : Complete Piano Sonatas

Costantino Mastroprimiano (fortepiano)

Released on July 27, 2018 by Brilliant Classics

Main artist: Costantino Mastroprimiano

Genre: Classical > Chamber Music > Solo Piano

Distinctions: 5 étoiles de Classica ( February 2019)

Includes: 1 Digital booklet

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The complete sets issued by the budget Dutch label Brilliant often don't satisfy, delivering mere bulk in place of intelligent, illuminating programming. An exception is this set of Hummel piano sonatas by Italian fortepianist Costantino Mastroprimiano, even if it's not the complete set that's promised (there are at least three more works that were unpublished during the composer's lifetime but generally accepted as genuine). One might also complain that there was room on the CDs to do the sonatas in order, and that sequencing might have fit better with Mastroprimiano's aims. All this said, hearing a lot of Hummel at once illuminates why he was well-regarded as a composer in his time, even by the notoriously praise-stingy Beethoven. Better still, other major Hummel releases have been mostly on a modern grand, but Mastroprimiano uses a pair of fortepianos, a 1790s Walter instrument, and an 1830s Erard. The cumulative effect is to give the listener an idea of the range of ways in which Hummel influenced the incipient Romantic movement. He influenced Schumann, Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Schubert in various ways, and here you get the serious slow movements, the expanded sparkling Mozartianism, the exploration of figuration, and the vastness of musical space, respectively. The strongest work is the truly proto-Romantic Piano Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 106, and you can sample that on the third CD. But each of the sonatas has something to contribute to the overall picture. Mastroprimiano is a talented pianist in this repertory, giving each sonata its particular sound and shade, and the set is heartily recommended to lovers of the pre-Romantic period.
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Album : 1 disk - 20 tracks Total length : 02:38:03

    Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major, Op. 2 No. 3 (Johann Nepomuk Hummel)
  1. 1 I. Allegro spiritoso

    Costantino Mastroprimiano, Fortepiano Urbano Petroselli, after Anton Walter ca.1790 ; Erard “en forme de clavecin“, 1838 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher Copyright : © 2018 Brilliant Classics - ℗ 2018 Brilliant Classics

  2. 2 II. Adagio

    Costantino Mastroprimiano, Fortepiano Urbano Petroselli, after Anton Walter ca.1790 ; Erard “en forme de clavecin“, 1838 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher Copyright : © 2018 Brilliant Classics - ℗ 2018 Brilliant Classics

  3. 3 III. Rondo

    Costantino Mastroprimiano, Fortepiano Urbano Petroselli, after Anton Walter ca.1790 ; Erard “en forme de clavecin“, 1838 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher Copyright : © 2018 Brilliant Classics - ℗ 2018 Brilliant Classics

  4. Piano Sonata No. 4 in C Major, Op. 38
  5. 4 I. Adagio maestoso - Allegro moderato

    Costantino Mastroprimiano, Fortepiano Urbano Petroselli, after Anton Walter ca.1790 ; Erard “en forme de clavecin“, 1838 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher Copyright : © 2018 Brilliant Classics - ℗ 2018 Brilliant Classics

  6. 5 II. Adagio con molto espressione

    Costantino Mastroprimiano, Fortepiano Urbano Petroselli, after Anton Walter ca.1790 ; Erard “en forme de clavecin“, 1838 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher Copyright : © 2018 Brilliant Classics - ℗ 2018 Brilliant Classics

  7. 6 III. Finale. Prestissimo

    Costantino Mastroprimiano, Fortepiano Urbano Petroselli, after Anton Walter ca.1790 ; Erard “en forme de clavecin“, 1838 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher Copyright : © 2018 Brilliant Classics - ℗ 2018 Brilliant Classics

  8. Fantasina in C Major, Op. 124, on a theme from Mozart's 'Le Nozze di Figaro'
  9. 7 Fantasina in C Major, Op. 124

    Costantino Mastroprimiano, Fortepiano Urbano Petroselli, after Anton Walter ca.1790 ; Erard “en forme de clavecin“, 1838 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher Copyright : © 2018 Brilliant Classics - ℗ 2018 Brilliant Classics

  10. Piano Sonata No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 13
  11. 8 I. Allegro con brio

    Costantino Mastroprimiano, Fortepiano Urbano Petroselli, after Anton Walter ca.1790 ; Erard “en forme de clavecin“, 1838 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher Copyright : © 2018 Brilliant Classics - ℗ 2018 Brilliant Classics

  12. 9 II. Adagio con grand espressione

    Costantino Mastroprimiano, Fortepiano Urbano Petroselli, after Anton Walter ca.1790 ; Erard “en forme de clavecin“, 1838 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher Copyright : © 2018 Brilliant Classics - ℗ 2018 Brilliant Classics

  13. 10 III. Finale. Allegro con spirit

    Costantino Mastroprimiano, Fortepiano Urbano Petroselli, after Anton Walter ca.1790 ; Erard “en forme de clavecin“, 1838 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher Copyright : © 2018 Brilliant Classics - ℗ 2018 Brilliant Classics

  14. Piano Sonata No. 5 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 81
  15. 11 I. Allegro

    Costantino Mastroprimiano, Fortepiano Urbano Petroselli, after Anton Walter ca.1790 ; Erard “en forme de clavecin“, 1838 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher Copyright : © 2018 Brilliant Classics - ℗ 2018 Brilliant Classics

  16. 12 II. Largo con molt' espressione

    Costantino Mastroprimiano, Fortepiano Urbano Petroselli, after Anton Walter ca.1790 ; Erard “en forme de clavecin“, 1838 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher Copyright : © 2018 Brilliant Classics - ℗ 2018 Brilliant Classics

  17. 13 III. Vivace

    Costantino Mastroprimiano, Fortepiano Urbano Petroselli, after Anton Walter ca.1790 ; Erard “en forme de clavecin“, 1838 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher Copyright : © 2018 Brilliant Classics - ℗ 2018 Brilliant Classics

  18. Piano Sonata No. 3 in F Minor, Op. 20
  19. 14 I. Allegro moderato

    Costantino Mastroprimiano, Fortepiano Urbano Petroselli, after Anton Walter ca.1790 ; Erard “en forme de clavecin“, 1838 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher Copyright : © 2018 Brilliant Classics - ℗ 2018 Brilliant Classics

  20. 15 II. Adagio maestoso - attacca

    Costantino Mastroprimiano, Fortepiano Urbano Petroselli, after Anton Walter ca.1790 ; Erard “en forme de clavecin“, 1838 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher Copyright : © 2018 Brilliant Classics - ℗ 2018 Brilliant Classics

  21. 16 III. Presto - Ancor più presto

    Costantino Mastroprimiano, Fortepiano Urbano Petroselli, after Anton Walter ca.1790 ; Erard “en forme de clavecin“, 1838 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher Copyright : © 2018 Brilliant Classics - ℗ 2018 Brilliant Classics

  22. Piano Sonata No. 6 in D Major, Op. 106
  23. 17 I. Allegro moderato ma risoluto

    Costantino Mastroprimiano, Fortepiano Urbano Petroselli, after Anton Walter ca.1790 ; Erard “en forme de clavecin“, 1838 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher Copyright : © 2018 Brilliant Classics - ℗ 2018 Brilliant Classics

  24. 18 II. Un scherzo all'antica. Allegro non troppo

    Costantino Mastroprimiano, Fortepiano Urbano Petroselli, after Anton Walter ca.1790 ; Erard “en forme de clavecin“, 1838 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher Copyright : © 2018 Brilliant Classics - ℗ 2018 Brilliant Classics

  25. 19 III. Larghetto a capriccio

    Costantino Mastroprimiano, Fortepiano Urbano Petroselli, after Anton Walter ca.1790 ; Erard “en forme de clavecin“, 1838 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher Copyright : © 2018 Brilliant Classics - ℗ 2018 Brilliant Classics

  26. 20 IV. Finale. Allegro vivace

    Costantino Mastroprimiano, Fortepiano Urbano Petroselli, after Anton Walter ca.1790 ; Erard “en forme de clavecin“, 1838 - Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Composer - Brilliant Classics, MusicPublisher Copyright : © 2018 Brilliant Classics - ℗ 2018 Brilliant Classics

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  • The complete sets issued by the budget Dutch label Brilliant often don't satisfy, delivering mere bulk in place of intelligent, illuminating programming. An exception is this set of Hummel piano sonatas by Italian fortepianist Costantino Mastroprimiano, even if it's not the complete set that's promised (there are at least three more works that were unpublished during the composer's lifetime but generally accepted as genuine). One might also complain that there was room on the CDs to do the sonatas in order, and that sequencing might have fit better with Mastroprimiano's aims. All this said, hearing a lot of Hummel at once illuminates why he was well-regarded as a composer in his time, even by the notoriously praise-stingy Beethoven. Better still, other major Hummel releases have been mostly on a modern grand, but Mastroprimiano uses a pair of fortepianos, a 1790s Walter instrument, and an 1830s Erard. The cumulative effect is to give the listener an idea of the range of ways in which Hummel influenced the incipient Romantic movement. He influenced Schumann, Mendelssohn, Chopin, and Schubert in various ways, and here you get the serious slow movements, the expanded sparkling Mozartianism, the exploration of figuration, and the vastness of musical space, respectively. The strongest work is the truly proto-Romantic Piano Sonata No. 5 in D major, Op. 106, and you can sample that on the third CD. But each of the sonatas has something to contribute to the overall picture. Mastroprimiano is a talented pianist in this repertory, giving each sonata its particular sound and shade, and the set is heartily recommended to lovers of the pre-Romantic period.

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