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MOZART AND BEETHOVEN:

QUINTETS FOR FORTEPIANO AND WINDS


In a letter addressed to his father Leopold, Mozart wrote on April 10th, 1784: “I have written two grand concertos, and also a quintet […] which was received with extraordinary applause. I consider it myself to be the best thing I ever wrote in my life. How I wish you could have heard it; and how beautifully it was executed!” The quintets of Mozart and Beethoven are true little jewels of the chamber music repertoire, engaging the audience with a variety of emotions: opera-like dialogues and improvisation, drama and humor… An experience made of contrasts!


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Quintet for Fortepiano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon in E-flat major, K. 452 (1784)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Quintet for Fortepiano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon in E-flat major, Op. 16 (1797)


Cristina Esclapez, Fortepiano
Josep Domènech, Oboe
Lorenzo Coppola, Clarinet
Pierre-Antoine Tremblay, Natural Horn
Javier Zafra, Bassoon







A FOOT IN THE PAST:

A GLIMPSE INTO LATE 19th-CENTURY GERMAN MUSIC


Born in 1824, Carl Reinecke’s long career as a pianist, conductor of the famous Leipzig Gewandhaus orchestra, teacher and composer spanned over three quarters of a century. Reinecke was acquainted in his youth with musicians such as Schumann, Mendelssohn and Brahms, and went on to have pupils such as Grieg, Janacek and Bruch. His longevity allowed him to experience the early stages of the 20th century technological innovations. Besides a catalogue of around 300 compositions, his musical heritage comprises many recordings he made as a pianist, which allow us further to understand the style of playing in vogue during the 19th century in Germany. This program, enriched by the unique colors of the period instruments, evokes with a hint of nostalgia a glorious century of German romantic music.


Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Three Pieces for Clarinet, Horn [Cello] and Piano (arr.: Ernst Naumann, end of 19th c.)

Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Andante for Horn and Piano in C major, Opus posthumous AV 86a (1888)

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Sonata No. 1 for Clarinet and Piano in F minor, Op. 120 (1894)

Carl Reinecke (1824-1910)
Trio for Piano, Clarinet and Horn in B-flat major, Op. 274 (1906)


Lorenzo Coppola, Clarinet (after Ottensteiner, Munich, 1864; by Schwenk & Seggelke)
Pierre-Antoine Tremblay, Vienna Horn (Leopold Uhlmann, Vienna, c. 1880)
Cristina Esclapez, Fortepiano (end of 19th, beginning of 20th century)