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The Stadler Trio was formed in 1986 specially to perform the numerous works by Mozart for three basset horns (low-pitched, alto clarinets very popular in the late 18th century). Since that time, they have made concert tours around the world, from the Sydney Opera House to the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, and Tokyo to New York, receiving great critical acclaim.

Their programs feature mainly the works for three basset horns by Mozart, but their research in Europe´s libraries has led to discovery of a large body of fascinating music for basset horn trio by other composers. These include original pieces by Anton Stadler (Mozart´s clarinettist, after whom the trio is named), Druschetzky, Nudera and Rosetti, as well as numerous arrangements of arias from operas by Mozart, Martín i Soler and Paisello. Additionally, the Stadler Trio often invites along three singers in order to perform Mozart´s incomparable "Notturni": six works for soprano, mezzo and bass, accompanied by three basset horns, set mainly to poems by Metastasio.

Programmes for concerts of the Stadler Trio are rich in variety and texture. The ensemble has the rather unusual quality of being comprised of three identical instruments. However, each player generally stays within one particular range of its 4 octaves, so the effect is not unlike that of a string trio. Generally, two of the five-movement "divertimenti" by Mozart (KV 439b) are performed, as well as some duets, KV 487, and arrangements of arias from The Marriage of Figaro. On top of that are added the "Notturni" with singers, or works of Anton Stadler or Georg Druschetzky. Recent programmes have also featured sections with pitting Mozart´s music against that of another composer, such as Martín i Soler. And although a comparison like this might be thought to amplify Mozart´s well-deserved reputation, the comparison is not always as unkind as one might think! 

All three musicians are prominent in their fields, and specialists in performing on period instruments. Their activities also include taking part in the most prominent early music ensembles in Europe, including Frans Brüggen´s Orchestra of the 18th Century and its recording of Mozart´s Gran Partita, KV 361 (Philips 422338-2). 

The Stadler Trio´s first compact disc also appeared on the Philips label with the title "Mozart: Basset horn bon bons, Stadler Trio and friends" (Philips 446106). Their second disc included more music of Mozart as well as some anonymous arrangements of opera arias and the quartet for clarinet and three basset horns, KV 580a in a new completion by Carles Riera. In 1999 their latest disc was released, again to great critical acclaim. For this project, the members travelled to remote eastern Slovakia, where the museum of the Krasna Horka Castle houses a unique set of three basset horns, made by Theodor Lotz in Vienna c. 1790, specially for performing basset horn trios. Lotz was a friend and colleague of both Mozart and Stadler, and is perhaps best known for having constructed Stadler´s basset clarinet for which Mozart composed his incomparable clarinet concerto, KV 622. The museum invited the Stadler Trio to restore and use these priceless instruments in a recording as a way of documenting the collection. For this the trio recorded music that very likely was played on the instruments in the late 18th century: Druschetzky, Stadler, Nudera, Mozart and some anonymous works. 

                                                                                             

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