Some compose great oceans, often in stormy weather. Some compose complicated
water systems, with lakes, rivulets, streams, sluices. Some compose little pools of water.
Several of Aldo Clementi's works are such pools. But beware:
if you step into them you won't see the bottom.
But you will see the heavens reflected in their surface.
Who knows, maybe from a heavenly perspective Clementi's collection of small water
pools makes up an informal pattern, obvious but beyond words?
Aldo Clementi, born in 1925, passed away in 2011.
He is one of the truly great masters of the last century.
On this double-CD pianists Mats Persson
and Kristine Scholz perform almost everything the composer has written
for one and two pianists – including Catene simmetriche,
the half hour long masterwork for two pianos from 2004.
Invenzione 4 (2003) version for piano four hands (4:48)
Studio (sul tocco)* (1993) for piano (3:18) M.P.
B.A.C.H. for piano (1970) (4:10) K.S.
Blues (Fantasie su frammenti di Thelonious Monk) /
Blues 2* (2001) (5:29) simultaneous version for two pianos
Replica (B.A.C.H.) (1972) version for two pianos (4:00)
Vom Himmel hoch (1999) version for two pianos (13:44)
Studio (sul tocco) (1993) for piano, 2nd version (2:05) M.P.
Variazioni (1999) for piano (3:28) K.S.
Turmuhr* (1995) version for two pianos (5:08)
Frammento* (1983) version for piano four hands (8:14)
Invenzione 2* (2002) for two pianos (9:11)
Danze* (1989) for two pianos twelve hands (3:01)
– with Ulrica Holmberg, Luciana Marques,
Christian Rosenberg, Benedikte Weinreich
Total time: 66:43
Madrigale (1979) for piano four hands and percussion (9:39)
– with Jonny Axelsson
Composizione N. 1 (1957) for piano (5:37) M.P.
Studio (sul tocco) (1993) for piano, 3rd version (6:14) M.P.
Studio 2 (sulla monotonia)* (2004) version for piano four hands (4:29)
Variazioni su B.A.C.H.* (1984) version for piano four hands (4:05)
Blues & Blues 2 (2001) 2nd version for two pianos (5:01)
GiAn(ca)rlo CArDini (1978) for prepared piano (6:22) M.P.
Loure (1998) for piano (1:50) K.S.
Sarabande* (1946) for piano (3:11) – performed by the composer
Catene simmetriche* (2004) for two pianos (31:20)
Total time: 77:55
* First recording
Photo: Anna Sigge