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Mozart, Brahms: Quintets for Clarinet, 2 Violins, Viola & Cello / Smetana String Quartet, Vladimir Riha

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581
>Brahms, Johannes : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op.115
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Notes & Reviews:

The origination of Mozart's extensive 'Clarinet Quintet in A major' (1789), as well as that of Brahms' opus some hundred years later (1891), was primarily inspired by the mastery of a virtuoso clarinetist. In the case of Mozart, it concerned the famous Anton Stadler, to whom the composer also dedicated other solo compositions for clarinet. The piece's 1789 premiere in Vienna was concurrently the premiere of the basset clarinet, in whose construction Stadler himself participated. Brahms was inspired to write his Quintet by the clarinetist Richard Muhlfeld. Bearing witness to the composition's success is the fact that at its premiere (1891) the second movement with the melody spiced up "Hungarian-style" was repeated on no less than three times.



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Works Details

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581
  • Performer: Vladimír Ríha (Clarinet)
  • Ensemble: Smetana String Quartet
  • Running Time: 29 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1789

>Brahms, Johannes : Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in B minor, Op.115
  • Performer: Vladimír Ríha (Clarinet)
  • Ensemble: Smetana String Quartet
  • Notes: Domovina Studio, Prague, Czech Republic (11/28/1964-11/29/1964)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1891