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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Concerto for Clarinet KV 622 and Quintet for Clarinet KV 581


"If Classical Candor gave out awards for Best Recordings of the Year, this release of late-Mozart clarinet works would surely be high on the list of contenders. It is an almost perfect realization of the composer's music in equally felicitous recorded sound. I haven't listened to anything so charming in quite some time."

"...An advantage to Ms. Kam's realization, besides being one of the most well-thought-out and appealing versions available, is that she plays it on a basset clarinet, the instrument for which Mozartwrote the piece."

"...With Ms. Kam the Clarinet Concerto sings. From the rhapsodic tranquility of the first movement through the sweet, wistful, melancholic flow of the second movement to the energetic playfulness of the finale, Ms. Kam and the Haydn Philharmonic are in complete accord with the material, producing a warm, elegant, refined, and moving interpretation."

"...In the accompanying work, the Quintet for Clarinet, Two Violins, Viola and Violoncello in A major, KV581 (1789), four other distinguished players join Ms. Kam: Isabelle van Keulen, violin; Ulrike-Anima Mathe, violin; Volker Jackobsen, viola; and Gustav Rivinius, violoncello. Their execution is wonderfully lyrical and relaxed and their playing ideal, with the resonant sound of the basset clarinet lending an agreeably vibrant sonority to the proceedings. Like everything else in the performance, the final variations are a joy."

"...The clarinet, especially, radiates a mellifluous tone that is never at odds with the other players, a calming, reassuring tone that complements Ms. Kam's virtuosic yet wholly warmhearted performances. This is a welcome album from start to finish, among the best I've heard this year."

Artists: Sharon Kam, Isabelle van Keulen, Ulrike-Anima Mathe, Volker Jacobsen, Gustav Rivinius, Haydn Philharmonie



Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra A major KV 622

1. Allegro (11:46)
2. Adagio (6:28)
3. Rondo: Allegro (8:27)

Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet A major KV 581 "Stadler-Quintett"

1. Allegro (9:02)
2. Larghetto (5:53)
3. Menuetto (6:44)
4. Allegretto con variazioni (9:15)

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