It may seem surprising that after three decades of ‘early music’ research, critical discoveries can still be made about a great composer such as Mozart and particularly discoveries around his well-known masterpieces. This recording presents the première recording of the Grande Sonate, an anonymous arrangement for fortepiano and basset clarinet of Mozart’s beloved Clarinet Quintet in A major, K.581. Both the Clarinet Quintet and the Concerto in A major, K.622, were originally written for an instrument called the basset clarinet, which has four more chromatic notes at the bottom of its range than an ordinary clarinet. Since the manuscripts to both pieces were lost, clarinettists have had to make educated guesses about the passages that may have included these low notes. Significantly, this arrangement includes some of these basset notes, making it an important source for those wishing to restore the piece to its original form. In its incarnation as a sonata, it becomes a wonderful piece of chamber music which is especially compelling when played on instruments like those Mozart and Stadler (for whom it was composed) knew.
ANNEKE VEENHOFF and NICOLE VAN BRUGGEN first played together in a performance of the Kegelstatt Trio in 1998 which lead to the creation of their strong chamber music partnership. In 2001 they formed Trio Van Hengel (with the late cellist Bas van Hengel) and were immediately awarded three prizes in the International Van Wassenaer Competition. They have performed innumerable concerts and made many radio broadcasts throughout The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Poland, including concerts at the prestigious Holland Early Music Festival in Utrecht, the Grachtenfestival in Amsterdam and as ‘Artists in Residence’ in the Festival for Strings and Bows in Poznan. In 2006 they made a première recording of chamber music by Anton Eberl with Ramée. JANE ROGERS is one of Europe’s leading exponents on historical viola and was beyond doubt the perfect musician to join Anneke and Nicole for Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio on this recording.
NICOLE VAN BRUGGEN works with numerous period instrument chamber ensembles and orchestras as specialist in historical clarinets, basset horn, basset clarinet and chalumeau. She is passionate about chamber music and is clarinettist in Trio Van Hengel, Kwartet André and OSMOSIS. She has appeared as guest chamber musician with ensembles including The Amsterdam String Quartet, The Northern Consort and Il Concerto Barocco. Nicole is principal clarinettist in Concerto Copenhagen, New Dutch Academy, Arte dei Suonatori and Concerto d'Amsterdam and has recently performed with the Nederlandse Bach Vereniging and Il Fondamento. She has performed solo concertos with the New Dutch Academy, Il Concerto Barocco and Arte dei Suonatori. Nicole lives in The Netherlands with her husband and their two children.
Since graduating with her Masters degree in fortepiano and historical performance practice from the Royal Conservatorium in Den Haag with Bart van Oort in 2002, ANNEKE VEENHOFF has often appeared as soloist as well as performing with Trio Van Hengel and conducting her choirs. She has performed several Mozart and C.P.E.Bach piano concerto’s with orchestras such as Arte dei Suonatori and New Dutch Academy, has made many radio broadcasts and performs on the double CD Oranje en de Muziek. Anneke is a core member of Barokopera Amsterdam, with which she has played operas by Mozart, Massé and Boieldieu at venues such as the Opéra in Avignon and Paris, and all foremost theatres in The Netherlands. Anneke lives in Amsterdam with her husband and their two toddlers.
JANE ROGERS has performed with countless historical instrument orchestras and chamber music ensembles in the UK and Europe. She is currently principal viola with The Dunedin Consort, The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, The Kings Consort, The English Baroque Soloists and Retrospect Ensemble and is violist in The Amsterdam String Quartet. Jane teaches the Baroque Viola at The Royal Academy of Music, The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Birmingham Conservatoire. She has appeared on over 200 CD recordings as soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player several of which have received Gramophone Awards. Her passions include knitting as well as 20th century English string repertoire, and organ music written before 1750 and played on original organs.