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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000131.txt from 1997/12

From: Roger Shilcock <>
Subj: Re: de peyer
Date: Fri, 5 Dec 1997 12:39:45 -0500

I've not* heard de Peyer live, but in his heyday as a recording artist,
sound didn't seem to me to be more badly produced than anyone else's - as
far as one could tell from LPs. Some of the Melos LPs on (I think) the
Oiseau-Lyre label had a rather strange sound quality by present-day
standards. Somewhere in my mother's house is a copy of his (rather rare, I
think) recording of the Bliss quintet; I think his committed playing of
that work overrides any reasonable dislike one might have for his tone.
Roger Shilcock
* Sorry - I remember I did hear him play the Mozart concerto once, but I
don't rememebr when or where; I probably lost the programme.

On Thu, 4 Dec 1997, David C. Blumberg wrote:

> Date: Thu, 04 Dec 1997 09:59:23 -0500
> From: "David C. Blumberg" <>
> Reply-To:
> To:
> Subject: de peyer
> Larry, I'm totally with you. In his best days, to me, he was average, to
> well below. I'm told that his ego is bigger then his belt (by one of the
> Lincoln Center Admin, a non-musician). As he IS still alive, I made that
> comment ((D.L.))- If he were dead, I probably wouldn't, out of respect for
> those that can't defend themselves.
> D.B.
> Larry Wrote:
> From: "L. BORCHERT" <lborcher@-----.Edu>
> Subject: Re: de Peyer (was Melos Ensemble Concert on 12/)
> I would have to side with those who detest his playing. Perhaps, detest
> is too strong of a word, but I do use his recording of the Weber _First
> Concerto_ and the Spohr #1 as an example for my Clarinet Techniques course
> of the unfocused tone quality that can be heard in some clarinetist's
> playing.
> I also remember his comments at the ICA convention in Toronto
> about those "silly Americans and their questions about vibrato." It might
> be worth the price of admission to hear the other performers on the
> concert, but, personally, wouldn't spend a dime to hear de Peyer play.
> Laroy
> Dr. Laroy Borchert
> New Mexico State University
> Las Cruces, NM 88003

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