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Dieter Klöcker Edition - Mozart, Beethoven

Release Date: 02/22/2005 
Label:  Cpo   Catalog #: 777010   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Nikolaus GrügerGernot SchmalfussWerner GenuitKarl-Otto Hartmann,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium Classicum
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a digitally re-mastered reissue of recordings originally made in 1978 and 1981. In anticipation, I thought it dangerous to program the relatively slight Beethoven work next to the Mozart masterpiece—“the best I have yet written in my life”—on which the younger man may well have modeled it. But together with that indefatigable clarinetist and animator Dieter Klöcker, pianist Werner Genuit, oboist Gernot Schmalfuß, horn-player Nikolaus Grüger, and bassoonist Karl Otto Hartmann give the Beethoven so vigorous and musically perceptive an outing that it really sounds, this time around, worthy of its place alongside their equally compelling performance of the Mozart. The Mozart trio, too, where Genuit and Klöcker are Read more partnered by violist Helmut Nicolai, is finely played. Incidentally, I had never previously noticed how strongly the phrase that begins 50 seconds into Beethoven’s slow movement resembles Strauss’s setting of the words “beieinand für alle Zeit” in the duet for Sophie and Octavian just before the end of Der Rosenkavalier. Perhaps this is fanciful, but I should like to think that the young Strauss may have heard his horn-player father Franz in a performance of the Beethoven and filed it away in his subconscious for years, before bringing it out to follow the echoes of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (“Könnte jeder brave Mann”) and Schubert’s Heidenröslein with which that duet begins.

The only real negative about the disc (which is, by the way, very well engineered) is the omission of the repeat in the Larghetto of the Mozart quintet; there would have been ample room for its inclusion. As distinct from a negative here, there are also some strong positives elsewhere. On a Hyperion disc that I reviewed enthusiastically in 25:5, the Gaudier Ensemble couples a superb performance of the Mozart quintet with three of the composer’s other chamber works, including the Oboe Quartet; and the classic Kentner-Kell-Riddle performance of the Clarinet Trio probably remains the touchstone for that elusive but wonderful composition. Nevertheless, cpo’s offering may be confidently recommended to anyone seeking accomplished performances of just the three works it contains.

Bernard Jacobson, FANFARE
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Works on This Recording

Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K 452 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Nikolaus Grüger (French Horn), Gernot Schmalfuss (Oboe), Werner Genuit (Piano),
Karl-Otto Hartmann (Bassoon), Dieter Klöcker (Clarinet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium Classicum
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Length: 22 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano in E flat major, K 498 "Kegelstatt" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Werner Genuit (Piano), Dieter Klöcker (Clarinet), Helmut Nicolai (Viola)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium Classicum
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1981 
Length: 18 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon and Horn in E flat major, Op. 16 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dieter Klöcker (Clarinet), Gernot Schmalfuss (Oboe), Karl-Otto Hartmann (Bassoon),
Nikolaus Grüger (French Horn), Werner Genuit (Piano)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Consortium Classicum
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1978 
Length: 26 Minutes 37 Secs. 

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