Mozart: Clarinet Quintet, Horn Quintet, and Oboe Quartet
First off, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791),[Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart] had a gift, was prolific and influential, composed over 600 pieces of music, which very few people will ever have done in their lives. He was an enduring composer of the classical era of classical music of which Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) said, "posterity will not see such talent again in 100 years." Mozart was a precocious child prodigy and his music is still relevant even today. One of his favorite instruments was the clarinet. When he and his father Leopold were in Mannheim young Mozart heard the clarinet and wanted to substitute the violins for clarinets and I can see why. The clarinet is the only instrument, that when played well, can approximate the human singing voice, the supreme instrument.
On this CD we have three masterpieces written by Mozart all for virtuosos at the time, one for oboe Friedrich Ramm (1744-1811), horn Joseph Leutgeb (c.1745-1811), and clarinet Anton Stadler (1753-1812).
On this CD Total Time, 73:58
Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581 36:01
1. Allegro 13:07
2. Larghetto 6:35
3. Menuetto 6:57
4. Allegretto con variazioni 9:21
Oboe Quartet in F major, K370 17:34
1. Allegro 9:34
2. Adagio 3:37
3. Rondeau: Allegro 4:22
Horn Quintet in E flat major, K407 20:15
1. Allegro 9:31
2. Andante 6:25
3. Rondo: Allegro 4:18
The principals and Instrumentarium:
Antony Pay, Basset Clarinet - Daniel Bangham and Edward Planes, Cambridge 1984
Stephen Hammer, Oboe - C.A. Grenser c.1780
Michael Thompson, Horn - Paxman 1982 (France, mid-18th century)
Monica Huggett, Violin - Rowland Ross 1986(Stradivarius)
Pavlo Beznosiuk, Violin - William Forster c.1785
Jan Schlapp, Viola - Antonius Bachmann, Berlin c.1756
Timothy Mason, Cello - William Foster c.1785
Katherine Hart, Viola - Tomaso Eberle 1774
The Academy of Ancient Music Chamber Ensemble using period authentic instruments.
This recording was made at the Abbey Road Studio Number 1 in June 1987 and engineered in West Germany. The SPARS Code DDD, but this recording is not as strong as the newer DDD recordings. The volume must be turned to a higher level on your A/V system to get a better sound from this recording, even with a Blu-ray player. I didn't get a well defined clear spatial separation of the instruments, but it was of acceptable tolerances. The depth gradation was limited but it was there. The instruments being of the period were not as dynamic as more modern instruments so the natural tonal colors were a bit different, but that was to be expected.
Overall, I liked this CD, being a 24 year old recording it held up rather well, under excellent reproduction equipment. This particular recording unless re-mastered is difficult to obtain, but you will be pleased that you added it to your collection. I highly recommend it.