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Mozart: Clarinet Quintet K 581, Etc / Heau, Manfred String Quartet

Release Date: 08/12/2008 
Label:  Zig Zag   Catalog #: 80503   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vinciane BerangerMaria BerauChristian WolffFlorent Heau,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manfred String Quartet
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Forent Héau here goes back to the source and origins of his instrument: Mozart and his friend and brother Mason Anton Stadler - to whom the critic Schink, fascinated by the velvety sound of the clarinet, wrote in these terms: 'Your instrument has so soft and lovely a tone that no one with a heart can resist it...' This CD is a paean of praise to tenderness in music, illustrating Mozart's innermost convictions about fraternity, love and life. Florent Héau and the Manfred Quartet have sought to recreate that gentleness of timbres, that enveloping, spellbinding sound which have made the Clarinet Quintet so well-loved. They have prolonged this atmosphere of ineffable loveliness with two transcriptions for clarinet and string trio Read more of Mozart sonatas originally written for piano and violin. This is a widespread practise in the second half of the eighteenth century, the period when solo wind instruments become popular: players often transcribed tunes from successful operas or music for other combinations, thus expanding their repertoire and at the same time encouraging progress in instrumental design. Over the last decade or so of his life, Mozart was both a witness to and a protagonist in the fantastic development of the clarinet, from the Denner instruments he heard in Mannheim to Stadler's five-keyed clarinet in Vienna. Read less

Works on This Recording

Quintet for Clarinet and Strings in A major, K 581 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vinciane Beranger (Viola), Maria Berau (Violin), Christian Wolff (Cello),
Florent Heau (Clarinet), Luigi Vecchioni (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manfred String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 32 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Sonata for Violin and Piano in B flat major, K 378 (317d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Maria Berau (Violin), Christian Wolff (Cello), Vinciane Beranger (Viola),
Florent Heau (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manfred String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Salzburg, Austria 
Length: 19 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Manfred String Quartet. 
Sonata for Violin and Piano in E flat major, K 380 (374f) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Vinciane Beranger (Viola), Christian Wolff (Cello), Florent Heau (Clarinet),
Maria Berau (Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Manfred String Quartet
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 19 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Manfred String Quartet. 

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