This release is part of Naxos’ leisurely traversal through Muzio Clementi’s keyboard sonatas. This installment features sonatas from the early part of his career.

The Op. 2 sonatas were published in 1779, the Op. 1784. This was the time when Antonio Salieri was still a major composer. Mozart was up to 15 piano concertos; Haydn up to 72 symphonies.

The sonatas are all fairly short, many with just two movements. I was reminded of Haydn’s piano sonatas — if Haydn was more of a show-off. Quick runs up and down the keyboard abound, along with intricately fingered motifs and long, lingering trills.

This is the recording debut of prize-winning Sun-A Park. She performs these works with a deft, light touch, which is exactly what they need.

Some of the faster movements — as in the Sonata in B-flat major, Op. 12, No. 1 —  she takes at breakneck speeds. Her technique is more than up to the challenge. No matter how rapid the tempo, runs are clearly articulated and nicely phrased.

All in all, a strong debut for Sun-A Park, and some pleasant listening courtesy of Mssr. Clementi.

Muzio Clementi – Keyboard Sonatas, Op. 2, Op. 7, Op. 9, Op. 12
Sun-A Park, piano
Naxos 8.573940