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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000076.txt from 1995/01

From: Josias Associates <josassoc@-----.COM>
Subj: Paul Meyer
Date: Thu, 5 Jan 1995 17:06:40 -0500

On Thu, 5 Jan 1995, Jeremy D. Krider wrote (quoting someone else's
previous message):

> > Another EXCELLENT recording of all 3 Weber concerti on a single album (not
> > too many know of it): A french player named Paul Meyer (no relation to
> > Sabine) performs them on the Japanese Denon label with the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Gunther Herbig. It's a 1992
release, performed on
> > June 28-30, 1991. Check this one out if you can find it.
> You might also want to try his recording of Poulenc's Sonata...WOW!!!

I thank Jeremy Krider and the person whose message he quoted for
making those complimentary remarks about Paul Meyer. As I mentioned in
two or three of my previous postings, Paul Meyer is near the top of my
list of favorite classical clarinetists. About a year ago, I played a
chamber-music recital in Santa Barbara at which the Poulenc and Saint
Saens Sonatas were included. In preparing for the program, I listened
to the Meyer CD, which contained both works. They were both superbly
played, and I will confess to having been influenced by his

Another player I have mentioned in the past, whom I regard at
least as highly as Meyer, but who has not been mentioned elsewhere on
this forum, is Maurice Gabai. For those of you who have not yet heard
it, his recording of the Francaix clarinet concerto (which was
originally issued on a French LP label) is the most electrifying performance
of an extended classical clarinet work I have ever heard. His recording
of the cadenza in the fourth movement of the Francaix clarinet quintet
runs the concerto recording a close second.


Conrad Josias
La Canada, California

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