This disc of little-known Mendelssohn and Mayr from the Saeculum Aureum Players scores highly for performance and engineering values, though the repertoire has its weaknesses. Mendelssohn's two Konzertstücke Opp. 113 and 114 are scored for the combination of clarinet, basset horn, and piano. Both comprise three movements and feature pleasing contrapuntal interplay between the two wind instruments. These works have been surprisingly well served on CD, with some seven versions of each already available. For comparison, I sought out a 1992 Ondine recording by Kriikku, Linkola, and Satukangas that takes a rather bland and unimaginative approach to these scores, and although it's well recorded, these readings lack the sparkle andRead more tastefulness that the Saeculum Aureum Players bring to this music. The use of instruments of the period, and especially the inclusion of a fortepiano, lends additional historical credibility here.
The remaining work on this new Crystal Records release, Giovanni Mayr's Bagattèlle a tre for flute, clarinet, and basset horn, is uncharted territory, but surprisingly, 10 or so operas by this composer figure in the current catalogs. This account is a pleasing and ingratiating one, and the work well deserves an occasional hearing. In sum, an admirable disc, even though the quality of the music doesn't always match the distinction and vitality of the performances.
--Michael Jameson, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Bagatelles (12) for Flute, Clarinet and Horn: no 3by Giovanni Simone Mayr Performer:
William McColl (Basset-horn),
Richard Spece (Clarinet),
Jeffrey Cohan (Flute)
Saeculum Aureum Players
Period: Romantic Written: Italy Length: 43 Minutes 0 Secs.