Mozart & Beethoven - Quintets for Piano & Wind | Winter & Winter 9102192

Mozart & Beethoven - Quintets for Piano & Wind


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Label: Winter & Winter

Cat No: 9102192

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 2nd September 2016



The premiere of Mozart’s Quintet for piano and wind must have been a shock and at the same time a delight for the audience of the 18th century. The immense richness of colours and sounds were entirely unusual. Mozart had been searching for new challenges and was rewarded. After the premiere on 1 April 1784 Mozart wrote to his father: "... had a very great success ... I myself consider it to be the best work I have ever written in my life." Mozart celebrated one of the greatest triumphs of his career. The near-orchestral rich sonorities, the masterful harmony, the continuing and vigorous dialogue of the oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon with the piano was heard for the first time. Only thirteen years later Beethoven started to work with this unusual instrumentation and tonal colours. His Quintet for piano and wind was also premiered in Vienna, on 6 April 1797. Beethoven created with the minimal instrumentation a fascinating sound art of simple things, a composition which was prophetic of his later symphonic works.

Under the group name “Die Freitagsakademie” Katharina Suske has gathered some of the finest international artists: Edoardo Torbianelli (fortepiano), Katharina Suske (oboe), Pierre-André Taillard (clarinet), Lyndon Watts (bassoon) and Olivier Darbellay (horn). These five musicians, each with their own unique character, blend together and reciprocally influence each other to create a single flowing sound body and impresses with their entirely new, dynamic interpretation.


These performances by the Swiss period-instrument ensemble Die Freitagsakademie are so full of character and incident that one can almost overlook the disc’s short playing time. To start with, the players convey a strong sense of tonal individuality rather than mellifluous homogeneity. ... Both of these works have fared extremely well on recordings... This new version by Die Freitagsakademie offers musical riches to rival the very best, and should delight even those listeners who normally shy away from period instruments.  Andrew Farach-Colton
Gramophone November 2016
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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