Mozart Quintet, Ibert’s Histoires, Amit Melzer

    A Mozart Quintet for clarinet, two violins, a viola and cello, six of Jacques Ibert Histoires (Stories) arranged by Michel-Joseph Gebauer, and end with horn player Amit Melzer playing an Olivier Messiaen piece.

    Mozart: Quintet in A major, K. 581
    Yan Liu, clarinet, Eric Tsai, violin, Jinyoung Yoon, violin, Soyoung Cho, viola and Albert Seo, cello

    Mozart: Quintet in A major, K. 581 was written for Austrian clarinet player Anton Stadler in 1789. The Clarinet Quintet instrumentation consists of one clarinet and a string quartet. The clarinet often has a place in the orchestra but this is the first time the clarinet is highlighted. If this piece sounds familiar, it might be because it was in the final 1983 episode of MASH.

    Ibert: Histoires
    Arr. Michel-Joseph Gebauer
    Emma Carina Meinrenken, violin and Xiaobo Pu, guitar

    Violinist Emma Meinrenken and guitarist Xiaobo Pu performs six out of the Jacques Ibert’s Histoires collection of impressionistic stories arranged by Michel-Joseph Gebauer. Ibert’s sightseeing while traveling in Spain, Italy and Tunisia inspired the collection. Histoires charming musical images are La meneuse de tortues d’or (The Leader of the golden tortoises) Le petit âne blanc (The little white donkey) Dans la maison triste (In the sad house) La cage de cristal (The crystal cage) La marchande d’eau fraîche (The woman who sells fresh water) and Le cortège de Balkis (Balkis procession.)

    Messiaen: “Appel interstellaire,” from Des canyons aux étoiles
    Amit Melzer, horn

    Des canyons aux étoiles (From the canyons to the stars) is a large twelve-movement work by French composer Olivier Messiaen. “Appel interstellaire,” is the first part of Des canyons aux étoiles, a short movement for solo horn.

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