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Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Clarinet Quintet [CD]

English Chamber Orchestra, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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  • Performer: Thea King
  • Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B000002ZIY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,843 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Allegro
2. Adagio
3. Rondo (Allegro)
4. Allegro
5. Larghetto
6. Menuetto - Trio 1 - Trio 2
7. Tema con variazione (Allegretto)

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First Choice --BBC 'Building a Library

Critic's Choice --Gramophone

'Truly, music of the Gods' --Daily Express

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Concerto pour clarinette & orchestre - Quintette pour clarinette & cordes / Thea King, clarinette de basset - English Chamber Orchestra, dir. Jeffrey Tate

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful recording! 20 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I can't agree with the other reviews for this CD; (Bar 1) it is delightful and relaxing! One of my Sunday morning favourites. The CD is in perfect stereo and balance isn't a problem.A splendid buy!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC Music Magazine's favourite recording 16 Mar 2007
By Me123
Format:Audio CD
I initially bought this recording for two reasons. The first, as my title suggests, is that it was recommended as the best by BBC Music Magazine, and having read the article, I decided it was worth a try. Furthermore, I am a clarinettist and my teacher was taught by Thea King on this disk, so this is naturally the recording I should own.

I would have to agree with BBC Music. The concerto is wonderfully handled at the much slower tempi. King obviously understands the feel of this autumnal concerto, and taking it at this speed avoids the sadly common scrappy playing and breakneck speeds associated with the music. The decision to use the basset clarinet was, I feel the right one. In fact, I refuse to buy a recording on the normal instrument as recordings such as this one and Sabine Meyer's have converted me.

The opening movemnt of the concerto has a fairly relaxed feeling and this conveys a different mood to the listener. This is most obvious at the cadenzas, which remain simple, understated flourishes. Many a clarinettist now records long cadnzas in this movement that feel like they belong to another work altogether. The cadnza in the adagio is also expertly handled, performed in one breath as was the tradition of Mozart's time.

Despite the relatively slow tempo, the rondo still retains the playful lilt that is imperative for the movement. It still has the relaxed Mozart feel lackinmg from so many of today's recordings and the finale is still magnificant: a feature that has thankfully remained in modern versions.

The quintet is sadly recorded in mono, and can sound like some instruments are at the end of a long corridor in a cathedral.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Same recording? 3 July 2002
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Format:Audio CD
I am really delighted with the disc.
The balance doesn't seem to be a problem and the performances are good.
In the Quintet there is a good interplay between the clarinet and the quartet and the clarinet takes its place as the solo lead.
Buy it - it is worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars to correct an error 17 Aug 2013
By geoff b
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have just bought this CD from Zoverstocks at a ridiculous cheap price but there is nothing cheap about the performance or the recording.The error I must correct is the revue by me123 dated 16/3/2007.The quintet was not recorded in mono.It was recorded on 17/7/1985 in digtal sound.The sound is superb,indeed I can prefer it to the concerto which was recorded on 25/3/1985 and is also excellent.Please do not be put off buying this superb CD it is a wonderful recording of two wonderful works.
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