It was Mozart who demonstrated once and for all that the concerto could be just as weighty a medium as the symphony. It is a pity that his achievement was not heeded more comprehensively. I have often thought that the likes of Beethoven, Brahms et al would have been more-rounded figures if they had composed a concerto for woodwind. Imagine a bassoon concerto by the Master of Leviathans – Anton Bruckner. Richard Strauss, composer of the Alpine Symphony & Ein Heldenleben, showed that it could be done with his chaste contribution to the repertoire. Provided he dropped all the claptrap – no hammer-blows of fate or cowbells or portentous sub-texts – a clarinet concerto by Mahler would be a fascinating prospect.
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Orchestra: Vienna Philarmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Karl Böhm
Number of Discs: 1
DR-Analysis: DR 13
Size: 977 MB
Yes, I know: Vivaldi wrote thousands of such specimens; the ghost of Stravinsky can wade through them as penance. As always, it is the Salzburg Kid who leads the pack.
As Einstein astutely observed, K191 was written with immense love for this most endearing of instruments. If various authorities are credible, it was not his only offering in the domain (sadly, his two other concertos for bassoon have been lost to eternity). It cannot be an easy to compose such a work, what with the instrument’s lack of projection. How delicately Mozart allows it to shine. IF he pokes fun at its drollness in the heavenly slow movement, the instrument readily forgives him and presses on to the high spirits of the finale. The manuscript is missing so search your cupboards.
Little needs to be said of the Clarinet Concerto. Mozart’s sole contribution to the genre has acted like pesticide on the competition; what other clarinet concerto comes anywhere near it? Moreover, is it valedictory in its marrow? I don’t know. What if Mozart had lived another thirty years after its composition – what a thought: how would we regard it? Much like the Oboe Concerto, a work to revel in, without any intimations of mortality?
Place Uncle Karl in front on the Vienna Philharmonic in the last decade of this life and the results can be lethal (to wit, his survey of Mozart’s late symphonies or his second recording of K 297b). Happily, the opposite is the case here.
These Mozart concertos are alertly and stylishly played. Bohm thankfully keeps his foot off the brake. None of the soloists, being principals of Vienna Philharmonic, is world-famous virtuosos but how musical they are. The traditional edition of the Clarinet Concerto is in use.
All in all, this is a winner. Well done Uncle Karl!
|Konzert Für Klarinette Und Orchester A-dur, KV 622|
|A3||3. Rondo. Allegro||9:26|
|Konzert Für Fagott Und Orchester B-dur, KV 191|
|B2||2. Andante Ma Adagio||7:34|
|B3||3. Rondo. Tempo Di Menuetto||4:18|
Analyzed Folder: /96k WAM – Clarinet Concerto KV 622, Bassoon Concerto KV 191 – Boehm_dr.txt
DR Peak RMS Filename
DR14 -0.19 dB -19.71 dB A1 Concerto For Clarinet In A Major, K. 622 – 1. Allegro.flac
DR12 -2.37 dB -21.57 dB A2 Concerto For Clarinet In A Major, K. 622 – 2. Adagio.flac
DR14 -1.02 dB -20.71 dB A3 Concerto For Clarinet In A Major, K. 622 – 3. Rondo. Allegro.flac
DR13 -0.24 dB -18.04 dB B1 Concerto For Bassoon And Orchestra In B Flat Major, K. 191 – 1. Allegro.flac
DR12 -1.25 dB -18.29 dB B2 Concerto For Bassoon And Orchestra In B Flat Major, K. 191 – 2. Andante Ma Adagio.flac
DR11 -0.72 dB -15.71 dB B3 Concerto For Bassoon And Orchestra In B Flat Major, K. 191 – 3. Rondo. Tempo Di Menuetto.flac
Number of Files: 6 Official DR Value: DR13
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