Terra Nova Collectief Antwerpen wants to draw the music lover's attention to these forgotten arrangements, by putting the original work together with the historical arrangement in a single concert programme. This gives you the chance not only to discover something new but also to experience a famous masterpiece from an unfamiliar perspective. Shapeshifter k581 ?? The arrangement for clarinet and piano La Grande Sonate pour le piano-forte avec accompagé d'un (sic) Clarinette ou Violon obligé was published under this somewhat defective title in Vienna by Artaria in 1809. The name of the arranger is unknown and it is unclear what the source for the transcription was. After some years alternative arrangements became available for string quartet, flute quintet with two violas and for piano duet.
The instrument used for this cd recording and featured on the cover is called a basset clarinet: a special clarinet for whom Mozart composed. The basset clarinet is a clarinet in C, B?, or A whose range is extended downward to written C, similar to the basset horn. It includes thumb keys to extend the lowest notes as found on the bassoon and basset horn. It is interesting to musicians today because it is used in three works by Mozart: the B? basset clarinet obbligato solo in "Parto, parto ma tu ben mio" from La Clemenza di Tito (1791) and the A basset clarinet parts in both the Quintet for clarinet and strings, k581 (1789) and the Concerto for clarinet and orchestra, k622 (1791).
These works were written for Anton Stadler, a clarinetist employed in 1781 in the Vienna Court orchestra and Harmonie or wind band. Beginning in 1782 Theodor Lotz of Pressburg made clarinets for Anton Stadler and his brother, Johann, also employed by the Court. Lotz became the Vienna Court Instrument maker in 1785 and worked with Anton Stadler to construct his invention: an extended range clarinet in 1788, now called the basset clarinet.
Terra Nova Collective Antwerpen
In search of our cultural heritage
Terra Nova Antwerp is a musical research ensemble based in Antwerp. The ensemble seeks out interesting unknown or forgotten music and breathes new life into it on the concert platform. These works are presented in the concert programme alongside more familiar works of the western musical repertoire. At a Terra Nova concert the audience has the chance to hear a unique musical discovery as well as a familiar masterpiece.
Vlad Weverbergh, clarinet and musical direction. Founder of the Terra Nova Collectief (2012). Vlad currently teaches basset clarinet at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp. His discography includes dozens of recordings and he performs regularly with a wide variety of ensembles. Since 2012 his focus has been entirely on exploring neglected music heritage.
Anthony Romaniuk, piano. Anthony was born in Australia and trained in the US and the Netherlands. Currently he is an accompanist with the Royal Conservatory of Brussels.
He gives recitals all over the world and is the permanent playing partner of Pieter Wispelwey and Patricia Kopatchinskaja.
Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus:
Klarinettenquintet KV 581
Grande Sonate nach KV 581
Sinfonie Nr.1?KV 16 - I. Molto Allegro
Konzert für Klavier und Orchester KV 453