Happy Birthday, Wolfgang!

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born 261 years ago, in 1756. Reflect for a moment on how amazing it is that music that this man created is still providing joy and inspiration to a lot of folks so many years later!


On this recording that I am posting in honor of this great man, we get to enjoy the following:

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, Bassoon Concerto and the Flute Concerto No. 2

Clarinet Concerto in A major, K622, with Alessandro Carbonare (clarinet)

Flute Concerto No. 2 in D major, K314, with Jacques Zoon (flute)

Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K191, with Guilhaume Santana (bassoon)

All supported by the Orchestra Mozart, Claudio Abbado conducting.

Claudio Abbado places his musical stamp on this music with grace and beauty. Guilhaume Santana’s bassoon – mournfully and boisterous by turn – exploits every interpretive possibility in Mozart’s earliest surviving wind concerto, the Bassoon Concerto , K. 191.

The Flute Concerto No. 2, K. 314 proves an exhilarating and easy conquest of perfection by flautist Jacques Zoon, and clarinettist Alessandro Carbonare spins tonal majesty out of thin air in the reflective Concerto in A, K. 622.

The second movement of the clarinet concerto is known for its use in famous movie ” Out of Africa ” (1985) by Sydney Pollack (starring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep).

Gramophone Magazine wrote:

“Carbonare produces a rounded, velvety tone, phrases immaculately and ornaments tastefully…[Zoon’s] liquid tone and graceful phrasing and, crucially, sense of puckish mischief – not least in his cadenzas – made this, for me, the most wholly satisfying performance on the disc.”

Here is the wonderful clarinet concerto from this recording:

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