Clarinettists have good reason to be grateful to Mozart. It was a rather new instrument when Mozart first heard it, having only been invented around the turn of the 18th century. He really liked the sound of it, so clarinets began to play a more prominent role in his work. He also composed a quintet for clarinet and string quartet (KV 581) and a trio for piano, clarinet and viola (KV 498). The Clarinet Concerto, written for his friend Anton Stadler who was also a member of the Imperial Court Orchestra.
Sharon Kam is the soloist in this work. She is accompanied by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Manfred Honeck.