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Mozart: Clarinet Quintet In A K581 (Colin Lawson/ The Revolutionary Drawing Room) (Clarinet Classics: CC0068)

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  • Conductor: None
  • Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Clarinet Classics
  • ASIN: B00997N5J8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 181,469 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Allegro
  2. Larghetto
  3. Menuetto
  4. Allegro Con Variazioni
  5. Rondo in a Major, K581a
  6. Allegro in B Flat Major, K516c
  7. Andante Rondo
  8. Allegro in F Major, K580b - Various Performers

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Mozart created the medium of the Clarinet Quintet K581 by means of a process that involved a number of preliminary experimental fragments, all of which can also be heard on this disc. Like the Clarinet Concerto, the Quintet K581 was intended for Stadlers basset clarinet in A, which was furnished with an additional four semitones at the bottom of the compass. Colin Lawsons boxwood basset clarinet (modelled on Viennese instruments of the period) was especially created for him in 1988 by the Cambridge maker Daniel Bangham. For the Allegro in F K580b he plays the more brilliant clarinet in C and is joined by Michael Harris (basset horn). The Allegro K516c features the extremely rare Bb basset clarinet used elsewhere by Mozart only in the virtuoso obbligato to Parto, parto from La Clemenza di Tito. Colin Lawson, described by BBC Music Magazine as the doyen of period clarinettists explores Mozarts original sound world in partnership with his colleagues from The Revolutionary Drawing Room.

Review

Period-copy instruments by Daniel Bangham lend a piquancy both emotional and scholarly to this disc supplementing Mozart's sublime Quintet, K581, for basset clarinet in A and strings, with associated chamber fragments, two completed by the pianist Robert D Levin, one by Franz Beyer. The latter s version of the Allegro in F, K580b, brings together Lawson's clarinet in C and Harris's basset horn. The Allegro, K516c, features the rare basset clarinet in B flat. --Sunday Times, 06.01.13

A transparent fabric, notes learnt into rather than forced, and tempi and dynamics graduated to suit the phraseology form a foundation to a recreative process that spreads beyond the printed page. --Gramophone, March'13

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By Jon Chambers VINE VOICE on 11 Feb. 2015
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Despite its obvious merits, this recording by Lawson and The Revolutionary Drawing Room fails to satisfy completely. There are lots of things to enjoy and admire here: the wonderful sonorities that the basset clarinet in A produces in the Clarinet Quintet; the completion of K581a by scholar Robert Levin; the inclusion of the 8 bar Andante Rondo fragment, which lasts a mere 42 seconds; and not least, the crisp recording. Colin Lawson's choice of instrument is unusual - it is intended to replicate the original played by Anton Stadler, the clarinet virtuoso for whom Mozart wrote all of his clarinet music. The basset versions differ from modern clarinets in their extended bass register, and listening to the two basset clarinets used on this recording, it is easy to see why one early reviewer (who's quoted in the CD booklet) telling Stadler that he created 'so soft and lovely a tone that no-one with a heart could resist it.'

It may be a bit heartless, therefore, to cavil and carp. But for me, the all-important Clarinet Quintet suffers from being over-decorated as much as it gains from being played on an original instrument. The same complaint could be levelled at the scholar who completed K581a, the version used on this recording. As it happens, I attended an all-Mozart concert last month (Birmingham Symphony Hall, 29.1.15) in which the fortepiano soloist was none other than Levin. Excellent scholar and virtuoso performer he undoubtedly is, but Levin, too, likes to embroider and freewheel - proving, I think, that more is sometimes less. Mozart's music is often at its sublime best whern simplicity and beauty combine, and Levin's fantasies, like Lawson's embellishments, can detract from the spare beauty of the melodic line.

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I bought this on impulse having heard it on Radio 3. It is a lovely sensitive interpretation of music which I have love since childhood but which is now heard too often in unsuitable contexts. This recording brings back the magic.
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I ordereed this CD on the basis of a review in the Financial Times. I was not disappointed. Colin Lawson does get a new depth of sound from the instrument that was specially made for him and the music is sublime.
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my husband loved it! the music was absolutely wonderful. the clarinet music was exquisite
it was nice hearing it played on a bassett clarinet and Colin Lawson is a very sensitive player and made my husband think he was back in the 18th Century
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The delight of this music is that one can hear it as Mozart must have done as it is played on copies of the original instruments used in Mozart's days. Lovely music as always from Mozart.
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