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Beethoven, Mozart: Quintets / Barenboim, Chicago-Berlin


Release Date: 09/06/1994 
Label:  Erato   Catalog #: 96359   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Dale ClevengerLarry CombsDaniel BarenboimDaniele Damiano,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 49 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A spacious overall view of Mozart's Quintet, coupled with a lithe yet delicately expressive performance of Beethoven.

With players of this quality and experience, one approaches these two pieces with a degree of confidence which proves justified. The Mozart work, written in the mid-1780s, is the one about which he told his father, ''I consider it the best thing I have ever composed''; conversely, Beethoven's Quintet for the same combination and in the same key is a youthful piece of 1796 modelled on Mozart's, and almost by definition, the model cannot surpass the original. It's still a fine piece, though, and at its best where Beethoven's personality leaps out at us.

Barenboim and his colleagues take a
Read more spacious overall view of Mozart's Quintet. The stately introduction is poised yet affectionate and the main first movement tempo is not too fast for Allegro moderato. Of the wind soloists, Combs and Clevenger are from the Chicago Symphony and Schellenberger and Damiano from the Berlin Philharmonic: these fine artists blend beautifully and are at one stylistically. The pianist, one feels, is in overall charge and is also on good form, coaxing the music along.

The Beethoven Quintet is even more successful. The members of this fine ensemble relish the most characteristic passages, like the bounding staccato quavers after the four-minute mark in the first movement (towards the end of the exposition) and the forceful modulations opening its development; incidentally, this Allegro, ma non troppo is taken faster than usual but works very well. This lithe yet delicately expressive playing is highly enjoyable, and so is that of the songful middle movement, where the poignant wind solos are a delight.

-- Christopher Headington, Gramophone [12/1994]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat major, K 452 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dale Clevenger (French Horn), Larry Combs (Clarinet), Daniel Barenboim (Piano),
Daniele Damiano (Bassoon), HansJörg Schellenberger (Oboe)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1993 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 23 Minutes 42 Secs. 
2.
Quartet for Piano and Strings in E flat major, Op. 16 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  HansJörg Schellenberger (Oboe), Dale Clevenger (French Horn), Larry Combs (Clarinet),
Daniele Damiano (Bassoon), Daniel Barenboim (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1993 
Venue:  Orchestra Hall, Chicago, Illinois 
Length: 25 Minutes 6 Secs. 

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 A C D of top quality. June 21, 2012 By G. Kolbeinsson (800 Selfoss, Iceland) See All My Reviews "Beautifully played by top musicians." Report Abuse
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