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Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major K622/Sinfonia concertante in E flat Major K297b

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major K622/Sinfonia concertante in E flat Major K297b

3 Mar 2008

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Oct 1998
  • Release Date: 1 Oct 1998
  • Label: EMI Germany
  • Copyright: (C) 1998 EMI Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 56:12
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  • ASIN: B002AB7NUM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon on 24 Dec 2012
Format: Audio CD
The manuscript of Mozart's Clarinet Concerto is lost to eternity. Whoever oversaw its publication in the early 19th Century transcribed it up for a normal clarinet rather than the basset clarinet that was the instrument of Anton Stadler, the `onlie begetter' of the work. This performance of K 622 is a reconstruction of the original score. Our sole source of the Sinfonia Concertante for Four Winds, K 297b, is not in Mozart's hand and it differs from the instrumentation that he mentions in his correspondence. Magical though it be, someone has clearly meddled with the composition to whatever degree.

I had lazily allowed dust to settle on this disc on the basis of a half-hearted listen and the tepid review in the Penguin Guide. Karl Bohm's 1966 recording of the Sinfonia Concertante is a star in my firmament and the opening ritornello in the adagio of this later performance is less celestial. Even so, I was always going to return to this recording to fathom out why it was a fizzer in my mind. This much I knew: Vonk's survey of Mozart overtures is superlative (Mozart: 11 Overtures), the Staatskapelle Dresden is one of the world's great orchestras and little needs to be said of Sabine Meyer, she who "launched a thousand ships and burnt the topless towers of Ilium".

Anyway, I dusted it off recently only to discover what a dullard I had been. These are sensational performances. They made me think anew about both works. The throaty growl of a basset clarinet with its lower register is a joy to behold.

In the Clarinet Concerto, Vonk progressively unmuzzles the orchestra in the Allegro in wait for 7'26" where he really let's fly: it's masterly.
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