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Beethoven: Octet, Rondino, Etc / Neidich, Mozzafiato


Release Date: 05/03/1994 
Label:  Sony Classical Vivarte Series Catalog #: 53367   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  William PurvisAyako OshimaCharles NeidichStewart Rose,   ... 
Conductor:  Charles Neidich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mozzafiato
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Beethoven composed the Octet, Op. 103 and Rondino, WoO25 sometime around 1792 and, although it was published separately, there is evidence to suggest that the Rondino was originally intended as the fourth movement of a five-movement work. Such is the view taken by the Classical Winds (Amon Ra) whose interpretation sounds convincing in a performance that effectively balances the music's emotional moods. By contrast, Mozzafiato play the Rondino after the Octet, suggesting that the Presto finale was written to replace the Rondino.

Both groups play on period instruments, but Mozzafiato's robust, full-bodied tone-quality creates a warmer, more broadly conceived result than the Classical Winds' hard, incisive edge: the oboe and
Read more bassoon solos which open the Andante second movement sound heavenly; the Minuet and Trio is cheerfully witty; a more flexible approach to the Presto finale produces a heightened dramatic effect and, in the Rondino, they deliciously reveal the music's textural diversity.

The differences between these two groups are even more pronounced in the Sextet, Op. 71. The Classical Winds' raw-edged tone and a tendency to slightly slower tempos give their version arelatively static quality in comparison to Mozzafiato's youthful freshness. Neidich's clarinet playing, in particular, is absolutely stupendous in this piece and his mellifluous virtuosity, especially in the faster outer movements, is well matched by the other performers to demonstrate this group's fine soloist skills as well as their strong corporate identity. Enchanting performances of the March, WoO29 and the Duo for clarinet and bassoon, WoO27 No. 1 complete Mozzafiato's delightful and immensely enjoyable concert.

-- GRAMOPHONE
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Works on This Recording

1.
Octet for Winds in E flat major, Op. 103 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  William Purvis (French Horn), Ayako Oshima (Clarinet), Charles Neidich (Clarinet),
Stewart Rose (French Horn), Dennis Godburn (Bassoon), Michael O'Donovan (Bassoon),
Marc Schachman (Oboe), Gerard Reuter (Oboe)
Conductor:  Charles Neidich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mozzafiato
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1792-93; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters NY 
Length: 22 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Rondino for Wind Octet in E flat major, WoO 25 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Charles Neidich (Clarinet), Ayako Oshima (Clarinet), Dennis Godburn (Bassoon),
Michael O'Donovan (Bassoon), William Purvis (French Horn), Stewart Rose (French Horn),
Marc Schachman (Oboe), Gerard Reuter (Oboe)
Conductor:  Charles Neidich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mozzafiato
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters NY 
Length: 7 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3.
March for 2 Clarinets, 2 Bassoons and 2 Horns in B flat major, WoO 29 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ayako Oshima (Clarinet), Dennis Godburn (Bassoon), William Purvis (French Horn),
Stewart Rose (French Horn), Charles Neidich (Clarinet), Michael O'Donovan (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Charles Neidich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mozzafiato
Period: Classical 
Written: 1798; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters NY 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4.
Duets (3) for Clarinet and Bassoon, WoO 27: no 1 in C major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Charles Neidich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mozzafiato
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810-1815; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters NY 
Length: 12 Minutes 59 Secs. 
5.
Sextet for 2 Clarinets, 2 Horns and 2 Bassoons in E flat major, Op. 71 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dennis Godburn (Bassoon), Charles Neidich (Clarinet), Ayako Oshima (Clarinet),
William Purvis (French Horn), Stewart Rose (French Horn), Michael O'Donovan (Bassoon)
Conductor:  Charles Neidich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mozzafiato
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  American Academy of Arts and Letters NY 
Length: 19 Minutes 23 Secs. 

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