Quintet for Pianoforte
Mozart & Beethoven: Quintets for Pianoforte and Winds (Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon) performed by Jan Vermeulen (Pianoforte) on Anton Walter's pianoforte (Cir. Vienna 1795) & Il Gardellino Marcel Ponseele (oboe), Benjamin Dieltjens (clarinet), Luc Berge (horn) and Alain Derijckere. 'I have written 2 great concerts and then get a quintet that extraordinary applause; I even think it is the best thing I've written in my life. ' - Mozart. Given previously incurred works as the opera Idomeneo KV 366, the Wind Serenade Gran Partita KV 361 or three of the six Haydn quartets (K. 387, K. 421 and K. 428) like some this statement in favor of the Quintet for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and bassoon KV 452 wonder something. But a closer look shows the work that Mozart's assessment is not far-fetched as it seems at first. Beethoven took the piece anyway as a model for his quintet Op.16, and since then the two compositions are inseparable. Mozart mentioned in the cited letter, that the work has been interpreted exceptionally beautiful in it's premiere. The same enthusiasm he would bring surely meet even the interpretation of il Gardellino and Jan Vermeulen. This shows once again that only masters bring a masterpiece to it's best advantage.