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Omega Ensemble • Paul Meyer
A magical journey through some of Mozart’s most memorable musical moments.
Under the direction of renowned French clarinettist and conductor Paul Meyer, the Omega Ensemble, appearing for the first time in an expanded chamber orchestra configuration, delivers a glowing rendition of three Mozart masterpieces, beginning with his exquisite Clarinet Concerto – the last instrumental piece written by this musical genius before his death in 1791, at the age of just 35. Meyer as soloist blends grace and elegance with quicksilver virtuosity in a sparkling yet sensitive performance.
New Zealand bassoonist Ben Hoadley brings Mozart’s youthful Bassoon Concerto to life, beautifully capturing the sonorous tones of this too often neglected instrument. Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 brings the disc to a triumphant close, amply justifying the Omega Ensemble’s reputation as ‘Sydney’s chamber music all-stars’. This live recording, direct from the superb acoustic of Sydney’s City Recital Hall, captures the thrill of a unique performance experience.
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART
Clarinet Concerto in A major, KV622
1 I. Allegro
2 II. Adagio
3 III. Rondo (Allegro)
Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major, KV191
4 I. Allegro
5 II. Andante ma adagio
6 III. Rondo (Tempo di menuetto)
Symphony No. 40 in G minor, KV550
7 I. Molto allegro
8 II. Andante
9 III. Menuetto (Allegretto)
10 IV. Allegro assai
Ben Hoadley bassoon
Paul Meyer clarinet and director
Recorded live in City Recital Hall, Sydney