Dudok Quartet Amsterdam Annelien Van Wauwe clarinet
Ligeti – Quartetto n. 1 Mendelssohn – Quartetto n. 6 in fa minore op. 80 Mozart– Quintetto per clarinetto e archi in la maggiore K 581
The Dutch Dudok Quartet and the Belgian clarinetist Annelien Van Wauwe are the recently-proclaimed winners of the 2018 Borletti Buitoni Trust Award. Together, they are undertaking a European tour that includes their debut with the Quartetto. Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, clearly the most admired piece on the programme, was written two years before the composer’s death for his clarinetist friend (and supporter) Anton Stadler. It shares with the later Requiem a serene melodic sweetness and strong harmonic vitality, and it will be played by the Belgian clarinetist Annelien Van Wauwe, a former pupil of Sabine Meyer and current teacher in Antwerp. She has been a soloist with great orchestras for a decade, and she is comfortable playing older and contemporary music on instruments both original and modern.
But there are also delightful items in the programme’s first part, to be played by the Dudok Kwartet. The young Ligeti’s First Quartet was inspired by Bartók, and Mendelssohn’s Sixth (and last) Quartet, dedicated to the memory of his sister, is connected with Beethoven’s late works in the genre.