The Eybler Quartet: The New Guard
Featured first on this disc are two pieces by Johann Georg Heinrich Backofen, a contemporary of both Eybler and Mozart and part of their clarinet mafia, himself a virtuoso on clarinet and basset horn. His Quintet in F Major for Basset Horn and Strings offers an illustrative contrast between the clarinet, basset clarinet and basset horn. It has a lower, richer, dark chocolate tone: more romantic and plaintive. Booth has no trouble navigating the instrument which proves one with Patrick Jordan's viola.
Backofen's Quintet in B-flat Major for Clarinet and Strings reveals the creamy milk chocolate tone of the clarinet versus the dark chocolate tone of the basset horn. Booth proves superb on all three instruments. The Eybler Quartet provide sturdy support for the most holy of reeds.
Tracks and Personnel
Joseph Leopold EyblerString Quartets, Op. 1, no. 1-3
Tracks: Quartet No. 1: Adagio Non Molto/Allegro Moderato, Menuetto Allegretto. Trio: Adagio Cantabile/Thema Con Variationi/Moderato. Quartet No. 2: Allegro/Adagio Non Molto/Menuetto Allegretto. Trio: Finale Allegro. Quartet No. 3: Allegro/Adagio/Menuetto. Trio: Finale Vivace.
Personnel: Julia Wedman: violin 1, Aisslinn Nosky violin II; Patrick G. Gordon: viola; Margaret Gay: cello.
Backofen & Mozart
Tracks:Johann Georg Heinrich Backofen, Quintet in F Major for Bassett Horn and Strings, Op. 9: Allegro, Adagio ma non troppo, Andante con Variazioni; Quintet in B flat Major for Clarinet and Strings, Op. 15: Allegro moderato, Thema: Cantabile con variazion. Wolfgang Amadè Mozart, Quintet in A Major for Bassett Clarinet and Strings, K. 581: Allegretto, Larghetto, Menuetto Trio I Trio II, Allegretto con Varizioni/Adagio/Allegro.
Personnel: Julia Wedman: violin 1, Aisslinn Nosky violin II; Patrick G. Gordon: viola; Margaret Gay: cello; Jane Booth: basset horn.