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Stadler Trio (original instruments)
A serenade to Mozart's Vienna

July 31st, 2021 - 20:30

PALMA: Monastery of La Real

Stadler Trio (original instruments)

Eric Hoeprich, Oriol Garcia, Albert Gumí
(corno di bassetto / chalumeau)

"A serenade to Mozart's Vienna"

A serenade that takes us into the refined atmosphere of the Viennese palaces of the late 18th century in which the Stadler brothers (clarinetists, great friends and companions of Mozart's Masonic lodge) delighted the public by playing music written or arranged for their trio of corni di bassetto. This special and very rare clarinet model became the Masonic instrument par excellence. And his sound fell in love with WAMozart himself, who wrote his compilation of 25 short pieces for trio (known today as Divertimentos Kv.439b) and which, today, are considered perhaps the best pieces ever written for three exactly the same instruments.

And it will also be a unique occasion to discover the historical origin of the clarinet and to marvel at the enchanting sound of the chalumeaux, very rare instruments, considered the forerunners of the clarinet and which played a notable role in the Central European Baroque. Their sound is pure magic in the hands of composers like JCGraupner, a worthy competitor to the great JSBach.

All this in an evening full of new sounds (or perhaps we'd better say old sounds) to discover!

Stadler Trio is a chamber group specializing in 18th century historical basset horn performance and music for the various members of the historical clarinet family (such as the fascinating chalumeaux). The ensemble's long history has led it to perform in prestigious venues throughout Europe, the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, Indonesia, New Zealand, the Philippines ... and to record the work for corno di bassetto by Mozart and his contemporaries in three CD (one edited by PHILIPS and two for Glossa).

The group was conceived in 1986 by Eric Hoeprich soloist of the Orchestra of the s. XVIII by Franz Bruggen and current professor at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague and the University of Indiana. Since then the activities of the Stadler Trio have been very numerous and of a very high international level (as an example, we can comment on the various performances in a hall as emblematic as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam).

After an impasse of three years of silence due to the death of one of its founders (Carles Riera), the group has returned to the stage with two of its historical components Eric Hoeprich and Albert Gumí (Professor of the Higher School of Music of Catalonia ) and with Oriol García, former disciple of Carlos Riera and successor at the JMRuera Municipal School of Music in Granollers. Among the performances already carried out in this new stage, we can highlight, for example, the participation in the first part of the project "The great crescendo of Mozart" presented with great success at the Edinburgh Festival last summer of 2013 and broadcast live on the BBC.

The Stadler Trio's programs include the fantastic original WAMozart Divertimentos for three corni di basetto, works that are considered to be some of the best music ever written for three equal instruments (the corno di bassetto was the instrument that best symbolized the spirit of Freemasonry in the second half of the 18th century: its triangular shape and the possibility of playing the different voices in a trio, being an exactly the same instrument for each voice, led to its presence in the acts of the lodges being very common). The group can also collaborate with three soloists or with a chamber choir to make the wonderful Notturni by Mozart himself, for three voices and three corni di bassetto. It also has programs based on the figures of Mozart-Salieri or around the serenades for wind instruments from the 18th century. Always with careful comments that present both the music and the instruments.

Eric Hoeprich founded the Stadler Trio in 1989, subsequently touring in Europe and North America and making a number of CD recordings for the Philips and Glossa labels. Other professional activities include the Orchestra of the 18th Century (since its inception, in 1981), as well as performing as a soloist and in a variety of chamber music ensembles. He teaches at the Conservatoire de Paris, Royal Conservatorium in The Hague and the Royal Academy, London. 


Oriol Garcia joined the Stadler Trio in 2011, having also performed with numerous early music ensembles such as Freiburger Barockorchester, Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla and Incontro Fortunato. Following his studies at Barcelona’s Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMUC), he has gone on to combine his performing activities with teaching at the municipal conservatories of Granollers and La Garriga, in his native Catalunya, Spain.


Albert Gumí is a many-sided clarinettist, with interests encompassing the earliest clarinets to the modern world of contemporary music and improvisation. In addition to performing regularly with ensembles from his native Barcelona, Albert is also a professor at that city’s esteemed ESMUC. In recent years he has become especially involved with education and working with young musicians. For several years he was director of a summer course for the festival in Granada, and is in great demand throughout Spain directing and composing for special music projects involving young musicians.

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