The amazing skill of two great virtuosos, Joseph Leutgeb and Anton Stadler, inspired Mozart to compose the concertos heard here. Made in 1959, this Decca recording gives us an excellent idea of how the concertos would have sounded in Mozart's day, thanks to two of today's very best instrumentalists the clarinettist Gervase de Peyer and the horn player Barry Tuckwell.
Amazing lightness, warmth of tone and perfect intonation are the hallmarks of the soloist and London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Maag in the clarinet concerto, which Mozart completed only a few weeks before his death. The two horn concertos heard here were also written during Mozarts final creative period in Vienna. Just one hearing is enough to let them be remembered for all time for these concertos employ to the full the horns rich and widely varied range of expression. Broad arching melodies, tripping runs and merry hunting calls in the final movements guarantee musical enjoyment, and for this we owe our thanks to both the past and present masters of their instruments in this delightful recording.
The performance of the Clarinet Concerto is as fine as any available, fluent and lively, with masterly phrasing in the slow movement and a vivacious finale. Maag's accompaniment matches each soloist's artistry perfectly. Recorded in 1959 in Kingsway Hall.
180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
High Quality Pressing
Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering
Peter Maag, conductor
London Symphony Orchestra
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)
Clarinet Concerto in A Major K.622
1. 1st Movement Allegro
2. 2nd Movement Adagio
3. 3rd Movement Rondo; Allegro
Gervase De Peyer
Horn Concerto No.1 in D Major K.412
4. 1st Movement Allegro
5. 2nd Movement Allegro
Horn Concerto No.3 in E Flat Major K.447
6. 1st Movement Allegro
7. 2nd Movement Romanze; Larghetto
3. 3rd Movement Allegro