This recording features the Mozart Clarinet Quintet with the St. Petersburg String Quartet, the Mozart Quintet fragment K91/516c with the Sequoia String Quartet, and World renowned Violinist Jaime Laredo performing with her on the Weber Clarinet Quintet with the 92nd Street Y Chamber players.
This performance was reviewed in the NY Times as: "THEORETICALLY, there is no single star in a chamber- music performance, but things don't always work out according to theory. Thus, Michele Zukovsky ran away with the honors at the season's first Chamber Music at the Y concert Tuesday night.
Ms. Zukovsky, the Principal Clarinetist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, played so spectacularly in Weber's B-flat Quintet for Clarinet and Strings that the contributions of the other performers of the evening - all of them quality instrumentalists - paled by comparison.
It is true, of course, that the Weber piece is really a clarinet concerto with string quartet accompaniment and that the clarinet part automatically stands out. Nevertheless, Ms. Zukovsky's playing was at once so brilliant and so musical that it could not help attracting attention to itself. Indeed, if her performance of Weber was representative of her work in general, she is a virtuoso of first rank, one of genuine star quality. Evenness of tone, suppleness of phrasing and, of course, technical mastery that made her playing distinctive.
A serious woman who is in no way flamboyant personally, Ms. Zukovsky's perceptive interpretation compelled the listener's attention from the first note to the last. Perhaps to prove that she was human, she produced one ungrateful tone in the concluding Rondo. It did not diminish the overall effect of her performance.
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1. Mozart Clarinet Quintet K581 Mvt I Allegro
2. Mozart Clarinet Quintet K581 Mvt II Larghetto
3. Mozart Clarinet Quintet K581 Mvt III Andantino
4. Mozart Clarinet Quintet K581 Mvt IV Con Moto
5. Mozart Allegro in Bb (fragment) K91/516c
6. Weber Clarinet Quintet Mvt I Allegro
7. Weber Clarinet Quintet Mvt II Fantasia
8. Weber Clarinet Quintet Mvt III Menuetto
9. Weber Clarinet Quintet Mvt IV Rondo