St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble to Perform at Guild Hall in the Hamptons, 8/11
On August 11, 2013 at 8:00 PM, Orchestra of St. Luke's (OSL) makes its debut at Guild Hall in East Hampton, performing a concert of works written just a decade apart: Mozart's exquisite Clarinet Quintet in A Major, K. 581, and Beethoven's inventive and playful Septet in E-flat Major, Op. 20. These pieces epitomize classical elegance, together offering a snapshot of chamber music the late 18th century.
Mozart was in his early 30s and nearing the end of his too-short life and career when he completed his Clarinet Quintet. Written for clarinetist Anton Stadler, it is Mozart's only clarinet quintet and one of the earliest and best-known pieces written especially for this instrument. Mozart had a lifelong fascination with the clarinet's mellow sound and wide range, and showcased both with the ever-shifting moods and rich melodic lines in this piece.
"Here is a chamber-music work of the finest kind," wrote musicologist Alfred Einstein. "The clarinet predominates ... and is treated as if Mozart were the first to discover its charm, its soft, sweet breath, its clear depth, its agility. There is no dualism here between solo and accompaniment, only fraternal rivalry."
Like Mozart, Beethoven was also in his early 30s when he completed his Septet in 1800, but in his case, was still in the Early Stages of his career-his first compositional period. As a result, the heavy influence of Mozart and Haydn is heard in this Septet. The six-movement work is structured as an elegant divertimento, with colorful dialogues that beautifully highlight each of the seven instruments: clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello, and bass. Beethoven's virtuosic writing gives each instrument a chance to shine.