Carinthian Music Salon: Clarinet Quintet
Alban Berg Musikschule Velden
Melancholy serenity and parting moods meet when Dimitri Ashkenazy and the Carinthian Acies Quartet present two of the most beautiful chamber works for clarinet.
Benjamin Ziervogel, Violin
Raphael Kasprian, Violin
Jozef Bisak, Viola
Thomas Wiesflecker, Cello
Dimitri Ashkenazy, Clarinet
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Quintet for Clarinet
and String Quartet in A major KV 581
Johannes Brahms: Quintet for clarinet and
String Quartet in B minor op. 115 115
Curated by Barbara Rombach-Kuderna
An Art-Historical Introduction by DI Gerhard Kopeinig, Architect
▶ Musical foretaste
Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, composed in 1789, sublimates the composer’s love for the instrument whose timbre comes closest to the human voice. The result was a work whose stylistic coherence is unparalleled even within the context of the work of a genius like Mozart. In the words of Richard Strauss, [through] the composer in melancholy cheerfulness […] the whole gamut of human feeling can be heard and experienced. On the other hand, the Clarinet Quintet created a century later by Johannes Brahms has an air of farewell about it: after the completion of the string quintet op. 111, , the composer considered his musical work to be finished. In 1891, however, he met the Meiningen clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld, whose self-taught skills so impressed Brahms, that he wrote four works for him, including the Clarinet Quintet. Like Mozart’s Quintet, this one ends with a variation movement. However, where Mozart culminates in a snappy finale, Brahms conveys the impression of a farewell to the beautiful world with the words of his biographer Max Kalbeck.