Tesla Quartet & Alexander Fiterstein: Clarinet Quintets
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Clarinet Quintet in A major, K.581
Gerald Finzi - 5 Bagatelles, Op.23 (arr. Christian Alexander)
John Corigliano - Soliloquy
Carolina Heredia - “Jus In Bello” (Law of War) *Debut Recording
The Tesla Quartet is joined by clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein in this program of clarinet quintets that span over 200 years. Mozart’s beloved Clarinet Quintet in A major serves as the foundation of this collaboration and was the first piece Alex and the Teslas ever played together. Such was the chemistry and ease of collaboration during these first performances that the five musicians decided to record an album together comprising a variety of works for clarinet and string quartet.
Published in 1945, Gerald Finzi’s Five Bagatelles were written over a span of 25 years. While they were originally conceived for clarinet and piano, this arrangement by Christian Alexander takes advantage of the ability of the quartet to sing, creating a rich texture around the clarinet that can transform from a somber chorus to a boisterous conversation.
John Corigliano’s Soliloquy, originally the slow movement of his Clarinet Concerto, is dedicated to the memory of his father, violinist John Corigliano, who served as concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic for 23 years. The delicate and spare texture of this work expresses the desolation at the loss of a loved one.
The newest work on the program, Argentinian composer Carolina Heredia’s Jus in Bello is a reaction to the political and social upheaval in Venezuela and the repression of its citizens that has been going on since 2014.