Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, K. 622 & Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581 Katherine Lacy
- Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622:
- 1Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622: I. Allegro12:34
- 2Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622: II. Adagio06:34
- 3Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622: III. Rondo: Allegro08:57
- Clarinet Quintet in A Major, Op. 108, K. 581:
- 4Clarinet Quintet in A Major, Op. 108, K. 581: I. Allegro09:04
- 5Clarinet Quintet in A Major, Op. 108, K. 581: II. Larghetto06:02
- 6Clarinet Quintet in A Major, Op. 108, K. 581: III. Menuetto06:48
- 7Clarinet Quintet in A Major, Op. 108, K. 581: IV. Allegretto con variazioni08:53
Info for Mozart: Clarinet Concerto, K. 622 & Clarinet Quintet in A, K. 581
Mozart achieved an exalted level of musical perfection with his Clarinet Concerto, conveying the most profound emotions and a stream of seamless musical poetics. It remains one of the most popular pieces in the classical repertoire. The Clarinet Quintet, meanwhile, sparkles with beauty - the liquid grace of the opening movement, the Larghetto's timeless poise, the playful mannerisms of the Minuet and the exquisite theme and variations finale. The essential humanity of Mozart's creative spirit is everywhere apparent in this recording, and his music remains a guiding beacon of sanity in an increasingly uncertain world. This repertoire is the perfect showcase for the virtuoso talents of Katherine Lacy, the acclaimed principal clarinettist of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra which accompanies her in the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, directed by Duncan Riddell (the Chamber Soloists of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra perform in the Clarinet Quintet).
Katherine Lacy, clarinet
was appointed principal clarinettist with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in November 2014, following a short period with the BBC Symphony and eight years with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. As a busy professional, Katherine has enjoyed working as a guest with other orchestras, on clarinet, E flat, basset horn and bass clarinet, and has recently performed with orchestras including the LSO and London Sinfonietta. In the past few years she has also played guest principal clarinet with the Northern Sinfonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, CBSO and the Ulster Orchestra.
Whilst in the RLPO, Katherine gave performances of the Weber Concertino and the string orchestra version of Finzi's Five Bagatelles in 2008. In 2010, she performed the world premiere of Spinning and Weaving for solo bass clarinet and ensemble by Ian Gardiner, with the RLPO's Ensemble 10/10, at the Wigmore Hall. She has also performed clarinet concerti with the National Chamber Orchestra of Wales, Opus One Chamber Orchestra, Wrexham Symphony Orchestra, Maerkischer Kreis Youth Orchestra (Germany), Lydian Orchestra of Kent and the RAM Sinfonia. Recently Katherine played Lied by Berio for solo clarinet as part of a London Sinfonietta concert at the Purcell Room.
Katherine gave the world premiere of Veni Creator Spiritus for flute and bass clarinet by Peter Maxwell-Davies, with the late Sebastian Bell, in 2002. She has made guest appearances with Ensemble 360, Zephyr Wind Quintet and the Linos Wind Quintet (including a Wigmore Hall recital).
Katherine has played Peter Eaton Elite clarinets since 1998 and bought a second pair in 2015. "I swapped to Peter's instruments at an important stage in my musical training and I believe the quality of the clarinets played a crucial role in helping me achieve my ambitions. I can't imagine playing on any other clarinets. I love the clear, rich sound they produce."
We made a bassett clarinet for Katherine during 2015, in conjunction with that wonderful craftsman Tony Ward. This will be the second Elite model bassett that we have made, following the one that we made for Emma Johnson in 1998. Since then we have made four International model bassetts, for Michael Collins, Mark Simpson, Anna Hashimoto and Jordan Black. Katherine's will be the last that we make.