Klarinet Archive - Posting 000652.txt from 1997/09
From: Roger Garrett <rgarrett@-----.edu>
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
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