Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Works Studied

Mozart, W.A.: Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622 (1791) – Robert Marcellus, clarinet, George Szell, Cleveland Orchestra. With score. For a CulturalRites article on the concerto, see Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and the Fate of the Basset Clarinet.

B♭ Clarinet

Mozart, W.A.: Clarinet Concerto in A, K. 622 (1791) – Thea King, basset clarinet, Jeffrey Tate, English Chamber Orchestra. With score. For a CulturalRites article on the concerto, see Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and the Fate of the Basset Clarinet.

Basset Clarinet

Mozart, W.A.Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581 (1789) – Thea King, basset clarinet, Gabrieli String Quartet. With score. – The essential difference between the version for basset clarinet and that for soprano clarinet is more of tone than of text. Of the latter, in the version played by King, there is only a handful of bars, such as bar 41, where the scale descends to C rather than rising to C, where the lowest third of the instrument is employed. As to tone, the basset clarinet is somewhat darker.

Clarinet (Courtesy: Intelliblog)

Clarinet (Courtesy: Intelliblog)

This music is about as close to perfection as music can get, so I add that I think the overall interpretation is not as limpidly and lyrically engaging as I find others, such as those by Reginald Kell and the Fine Arts Quartet or Jack Brymer and the Allegri Quartet. As example, the Menuetto is taken slightly too quickly, and the first trio lacks plangency. As second example, the final movement seems a touch imbalanced: the four variations seem somewhat hurried, and there is insufficient contrast between the allegretto tempo of the theme and variations, and the coda, which is allegro, hence, slightly faster. Without this being sensed, the intervening adagio has its effect made insufficient, and its intimation of the sadness that touches the pure lyricism that pervades the Quintet, is dulled; that same essential pervasion quite lost in the somewhat relentless manner the last bars are played in.

Mozart, K. 581, beginning

Mozart, K. 581, beginning

Mozart, W.A.: Hornbone Concerto 1 in D, K. 412/514 (1782/1791). With score. – Christian Lindberg, “hornbone,” Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jean-Jacques Kantorow.

Mozart, W.A.: Hornbone Concerto 2 in E♭, K. 417 (1783). With score. – Christian Lindberg, “hornbone,” Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jean-Jacques Kantorow. – For commentary on these interpretations of the horn concerti, see here.

Dennis Brain Tombstone

Dennis Brain Tombstone

Mozart, W.A.: Hornbone Concerto 3 in E♭, K. 447 (1783). With score. – Christian Lindberg, “hornbone,” Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jean-Jacques Kantorow.

Mozart, W.A.: Hornbone Concerto 4 in E♭, K. 495 (1786). With score. – Christian Lindberg, “hornbone,” Tapiola Sinfonietta, Jean-Jacques Kantorow.

Mozart, W.A.: String Quartet 8 in F, K. 168 (1773).

Mozart, W.A.: String Quartet 9 in A, K. 169 (1773). – There are beguiling effects of double stopping in the second movement, and of octave leaps in the finale, which is the movement that languishes longest on the ear.

Mozart, W.A.: String Quartet 10 in C, K. 170 (1773).

Mozart, W.A.: String Quartet 11 in E♭, K. 171 (1773). – One of the finest of the set, with all the four movements of real interest. The operatic andante,  when performed intensely in a hall of deep acoustics, is particularly memorable.

Mozart, W.A.: String Quartet 12 in B♭, K. 172 (1773). – The second movement adagio is probably the most interesting, but the opening allegro has some arresting brio.

Mozart, W.A.: String Quartet 13 in d, K. 173 (1773). The CulturalRites article is here.

Mozart, W.A.: String Quartet 21 in D, K. 575 (1789) – Live, Enterprise Quartet, Edmonton City Hall. For a CulturalRites commentary on this concert, see here.

Mozart, W.A.: String Quartet 23 in F, K. 590 (1789). – Live, Enterprise Quartet at the Winspear Centre, Edmonton. Brilliant interpretation.

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