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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000652.txt from 1997/09

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: Re: Hearing the clarinet in chamber music
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 1997 17:12:01 -0400

Having studied with Shifrin and heard him in nearly every setting,
including the Chamber Music Northwest performances, I not only second
Steven's comments but add - the recordings he does are scrutinized
carefully by Shifrin....and they tend to match the way he plays in real

Roger Garrett

On Fri, 12 Sep 1997, Steven Gordon, M.D. 729 X3151 wrote:

> This is to continue the discussion of Fred, Roger, Don and others.
> I had the opportunity to hear David Shifrin for 3 different fabulous
> concerts in what was part of Chamber Music Northwest - a yearly month
> long festival that he has helped bring to Portland Oregon.
> One of my learings was his wide dynamic range. The acoustics in this
> particular hall are excellent and I was in the 8th row. When the
> clarinet part took on less importance, it helped fill in the rich fabric
> of a piece but I would have to concentrate to really hear the part. My
> ears were drawn to the violin or oboe or whatever. To me this was
> fabulous playing, and I learned that you can play very softly and be
> heard as part of a group in places without really being heard as an
> individual player.
> While recordings seem to turn mediocre (or down right untalented)
> pop/rock voices into country-wide sensations, I have found recordings to
> be relentlessly unforgiving when it comes to chamber work. I think
> truly outstanding broadcasts or performances represent live concerts
> that we should all regret missing.
> Steve Gordon, M.D.
> Beaverton, OR

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