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Mozart // Fantaisia, Sonata KV570 – Clementi // Sonata op.23 n°2, op.50 n°3

Vanessa Wagner,

Vanessa Wagner has always tried to create her own career path, a trajectory that seems natural, free and coherent to her. This disc exemplifies her approach.

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Ever since her first Mozart disc in 2000, the French pianist Vanessa Wagner has wanted to make another recording of his music. Her ‘encounter’ with Clementi stimulated her to do so and to bring together on a single disc these two composers who have so often been compared.

Since 2008 she has also played the fortepiano in concert with a delight matched only by her initial timidity and reluctance to tackle period instruments!
Like Alain Planès, with whom she has worked, Vanessa Wagner likes to think of herself as a keyboardist as much as a pianist. Her frequentation of the fortepiano opened a new door in her musical itinerary. She enjoys the technique it calls for, the attitude required of the musician confronted with these fragile instruments, the intimate sound it produces, the nostalgic charm it exudes.

To alternate between the instruments seemed natural to her, and she now does so as often as possible in concert. Far from merely wishing to ‘make an impression’, she finds it gives genuine meaning and a new perspective to the listening experience.


Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756 – 1791)

  • Fantasia in D minor K397 6’13

Piano Sonata in B flat major K570

  • Allegro 5’28
  • Adagio 7’13
  • Allegretto 3’39


Muzio CLEMENTI (1752 – 1832)

Piano Sonata in F major op.23 no.2

  • Allegro con spirito 5’25
  • Adagio 4’10
  • Rondo : Allegretto con spirito 4’16

Sonata in G minor op.50 no.3, ‘Didone abbandonata – Scene tragiche’

  • Largo patetico e sostenuto 2’15
  • Allegro ma con espressione, deliberando e meditando 7’19
  • Adagio dolente 4’44
  • Allegro agitato e con disperazione 5’27


Described by the daily newspaper Le Monde as ‘the most delightfully individual pianist of her generation’, Vanessa Wagner pursues a career in her own image, rigorous, original and committed, mixing classical recitals, contemporary creation, performance on historical instruments, and chamber music.

Over the past few years, she has instigated numerous transversal collaborations and creations, reaching out to electronic music, dance, video and poetry.

Ever since winning a Victoire de la Musique in 1999, she has performed all over the world, as soloist or with orchestra, at the leading festivals and as a regular guest of concert halls that are faithful to her year after year.

She is deeply committed to the music of her time, and is the dedicatee of several pieces by such composers as Pascal Dusapin, François Meïmoun, Amy Crankshaw and Alex Nante.

Vanessa Wagner’s extensive discography has received many distinctions from the specialised press, which acclaims her sober, eloquent playing, her intense sensibility and her richly expressive touch.

Her broad and constantly renewed repertory is the mirror of an ever-alert personality, patiently weaving bonds between worlds that are too often shut off from each other.

Since 2010 Vanessa Wagner has been director of the Festival de Chambord, where she devises an eclectic programme. She was appointed Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in 2020.

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