Gradus ad Parnassum | Erato 5419741617

Gradus ad Parnassum


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Label: Erato

Cat No: 5419741617

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 3rd March 2023



An intriguing new album by Warner Classics’ star harpsichordist featuring diverse composers: Palestrina, Fux, Beethoven, Mozart, Debussy

It pushes beyond the boundaries of Jean’s favourite repertoire in the direction of Beethoven, guided along the way by two geniuses with considerable influence on his art: Johann Joseph Fux and Muzio Clementi.

Both wrote fundamental works called Gradus ad Parnassum (literally “Ascent to Parnassus”), which are featured on this album. The first is a Viennese baroque work recommended to him by his master Joseph Haydn, the second an Italian classic which includes in its “Gradus” a series of piano studies (which are known to have affected Beethoven greatly), and the third “ad Parnassum” is Debussy’s famous “Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum” from Children's Corner.

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