After choreographing two big Romantic ballets (The Beethoven Seventh and The Brahms-Haydn Variations), Tharp reassembled a company and created Mozart Clarinet Quintet K. 581, a chamber ballet, for the new dancers.
The piece opens with a men's trio; their gentle humor and easy demeanor sets the tone for the following sections. The phrases are light and uninhibited but firmly planted in classical vocabulary. The dancers are grouped and regrouped in a variety of combinations - solos, double duets, a male-female-male trio - creating a feeling of familiarity within the ensemble.
Quintet for Clarinet, 2 Violins, Viola and Violoncello in A major, K. 581 "Stadler Quintet"
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Charles Neidich (Basset Clarinet)
Vera Beths (Violin I)
Lucy van Dael (Violin II)
Jurgen Kussmaul (Viola)
Anner Bylsma (Violoncello)
On the album "Mozart Clarinet Quintet; Clarinet Quartet; Kegelstatt Trio"
Released by Sony -1993