«Sublime Mozart: Works For Clarinet”
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||
Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581,
Clarinet Concerto in A major, K622.
Paul Dean (Clarinet).
Queensland Symphony Orchestra – Guillaume Tourniaire.
Fresh, new performances by Australia’s leading clarinettist Paul Dean (brother of Australian composer Brett Dean) make the Clarinet Concerto and Clarinet Quintet – sublime masterpieces from the end of Mozart’s life – sound newly minted. Dean is accompanied by brilliant young French conductor Guillaume Tourniaire with The Queensland Orchestra, and by the Grainger Quartet.
Sublime Mozart is dedicated to Australia’s greatest arts patron, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, AC, DBE, in celebration of her 100th birthday (in February 2009). The programme features the Clarinet Concerto in A K622 and the Clarinet Quintet in A K581 by her favourite composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, both written at the end of his life for Austrian clarinet and basset horn player Anton Stadler. These very popular works are a perfect showcase for the outstanding abilities of Paul Dean.
Dean, the Brisbane-born clarinettist is much in demand as a soloist, chamber and orchestral musician and teacher. He was principal clarinet with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra between 1987 and 2000. He has premiered over 70 works including his brother Brett Dean’s clarinet concerto Ariel’s Music. He is also a composer.
Brilliant young French conductor Guillaume Tourniaire is currently enjoying a meteoric rise onto the international conducting stage. He continues his exciting and groundbreaking work as champion of world premières and rare music performances, including committing to disc the first recordings of Saint-Saëns’ Hélène and Nuit persane for Melba Recordings. The Queensland Orchestra joins him in the concerto.
Grainger Quartet, named after Australian composer Percy Grainger, was founded in 2006 by violinists Natsuko Yoshimoto and James Cuddeford, and violist Jeremy Williams, all of the former Australian String Quartet (who recorded music by Roger Smalley on Melba’s Through A Glass Darkly), together with cellist Patrick Murphy. Their two seasons as a quartet met with both popular and critical acclaim.