There is no other piece of music like Mozart's Clarinet Quintet.
Still, you need a consummate performance to make it really
shine. The new recording
by Nicola Boud and the EDDING Quartet has it all. They play on period instruments;
the clarinet was reconstructed from a picture on a poster for a concert by
Anton Stadler - the friend of Mozart and the dedicatee of the
quintet. The first movement
is captivating. The great main theme has real flight. The blend of instruments
is perfect, and the clarinet sound is beautiful, soft and smooth. The slow
movement is a river of honey, deep and mellow. But it is not
tooRead more slow. The minuet is not
hurried, and has a certain "Schubertian" swing. The clarinet-less
trio in the minor key is very poignant. The finale provides a stylish ending
you wishing for more. All parts have excellent momentum, but are never excessively
Do not listen to this performance of the D minor String Quartet if you
want to stay in a jolly mood. It will throw you into the sea of sadness. But
if you are already there - it will show you empathy and comfort. The performance
is emotional: it has all the nerve and verve one could wish for. At the same
time, there is no excess pressure, and much is said in a hushed voice. The sound
of period strings gives the music a darker hue. Mozart's genius is well served
here. There is attention to the smallest detail yet the overall structure is
easily seen. These musicians held me on the edge of my seat throughout - from
the Romantic waves of the first movement, through the bleak landscape of the Andante and
the harsh minuet, to the dancing despair of the finale.
The performers grasp and convey the true spirit of both pieces, balancing the
duality of joy and sadness, so important in Mozart. Being played on period instruments,
the music loses some gloss and lustre, but it is only for the good. These two
intimate masterpieces become really personal, and achieve a vibrant directness.
In the quintet I would especially praise the playing of Nicola Boud - her playing
so effortless that the virtuosity is almost transparent: that's how real virtuosity
The recording quality is excellent, very sensitive to details. Liner-notes
by Lore Maegerman (in English, French and German) tell us about the works and
circumstances of their creation. These recordings keep the music playing in
your head for days and days after first hearing. I will not compare it with
recordings, and I haven't heard all the favorites, but this one gives me all
the music in the best way I can imagine.
-- Oleg Ledeniov, MusicWeb International Read less
Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Performer:
Nicola Boud (Clarinet),
Nicola Boud (Clarinet)
Period: Classical Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria Venue: Leut, Belgium Length: 30 Minutes 22 Secs.
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
MOZARTJuly 1, 2014By Diane C. (Apex, NC)See All My Reviews"I am a zealous Mozart fan and enjoyed this CD immensely. The music was very soothing to the soul."Report Abuse
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