Klarinet Archive - Posting 000468.txt from 1995/01
From: Donald Oehler <dloehler@-----.EDU>
Subj: Re: British Clarinettists
Date: Sun, 29 Jan 1995 21:24:15 -0500
On Wed, 25 Jan 1995, Lisa Gartrell Yeo wrote:
> While we are on the (controversial) subject of British clarinettists,
> I would like to recommend a former teacher of mine, John McCaw
> (also known as Jack). As far as I know, he only made one recording
> on LP sometime in the 70's of the Nielsen and Mozart concertos.
> He has a warm, lyrical tone, and truly makes the clarinet "sing".
> His Nielsen is not only technically flawless, but the most musical
> interpretation I have ever heard. Many performances of this work
> dazzle the listener with virtuosity, but disappoint on the artistic side.
> Does anyone with access to info. on recordings know if this recording
> was ever re-released on CD, or even if the LP is still available?
> I have only seen it (and heard it) in libraries. Thanks,
> Lisa Gartrell Yeo
> Victoria, BC
> PS Those of you who are unafraid to make thoughtless and insulting comments
> about your British colleagues, have you ever stopped to think that they
> may be subscribers to this list? Criticism is healthy, but some
> remarks have been vitriolic, and can only be seen as personla attacka
> rather than objective criticism. (sorry 'bout the typos). Once again,
> I urge
> subscribers to be a little more considerate of their fellow clarinetists.
I have yet to see a re-release on CD of this recording. If I recall,
this recording was made in ONE take, both works, as John McCaw was
footing the bill. I had the opportunity to study with John McCaw and
found him to be one of the most knowledgable wind players I have ever
met. His live performances were equally as successful as this single
recording. And what a wonderful person, too.