(featuring clarinettist Gervase de Peyer, with members of The Melos Ensemble [Aronowitz - viola ; Crowson - piano ; Hurwitz & McMahon - violins ; Weil - cello])
The two fascinating pieces, on this album, were both composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91), with his then-friend, the clarinettist Anton Stadler, in mind. The pair had first become acquainted, in Amadeus' native Salzburg, but became close friends, after both men had settled in Vienna, and regularly worked together.
Stadler, soon became famous in the Austrian capital, for the "soft, vocal quality" of his instrument-tone, not to mention his general prowess on an instrument, that was primitive by modern standards. Indeed, it seems that Mozart gained an innate understanding, of not only Stadler the man, but also his playing, for with the Trio & Quintet featured on this album, it seems that he cleverly unlocked all of Stadler's moods and humours.
Unfortunately, the pairing of these two supreme talents, was doomed to cloud over ; Amadeus lent Stadler, a sizeable sum of money, which the clarinettist failed to repay ... Mozart's nickname for Stadler, changed from the affectionate "Notschibikitschibi", to the somewhat abusive "Red Currant Face".
Side One : Trio in E flat major for Clarinet, Viola & Piano, K.498 :-
1) I Andante 2) II Menuetto & Trio 3) III Allegretto.
Side Two : Quintet in A major for Clarinet & Strings, K.581 :-
1) I Allegro 2) II Larghetto 3) III Menuetto - Trios i & ii 4) Allegretto con Variazioni.
Records graded visually to RRPG grades (record/sleeve) EX/EX.