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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000374.txt from 1999/06

From: Roger Garrett <>
Subj: [kl] More on the symposium
Date: Fri, 11 Jun 1999 07:25:50 -0400

Just thought I would share a few things I researched while at the
symposium - on behlaf of the list......

I had a very nice time watching the Gigliotti master class, listening to
him in performance, and then being invited to the kind of "elite" final
party and sitting and talking to him for a couple of hours. He is a
fantastic person - very humble yet very commanding in his experience and
abilities. He shared the following with me:

1. Upon being reminded of the First Chair recording, he urged anyone
interested in a rerelease of that recording to contact Sony and write a
letter asking for a rerelease. He would like to see it released on CD.

2. There were two First Chair recordings - the second volume he
played the Debussy Premiere Rhapsody.

3. The Concertino version was done in one take - straight through -
and it was at the end of a nine hour recording session.

4. The horn he played on was his father's 32,000 SN Buffet that he
was given when he was a young man. At first he thought it was his 42,000
Buffet, but upon reflection he was quite sure about the first. He was
quite influenced by his father in terms of the way he played.

5. The Mozart Concerto was recorded by him in the 50's (?) in two
separate recording sessions. The first recording session included Brahms
Piano Concerto No. 1, followed by something else. After that 8 hour
session, Ormandy said, "Ok, let's do the Mozart." Gigliotti said that he
stood up and they did the first movement in one take and one small edit
patch. They then began the second movement - and suddenly, Ormandy
stopped conducting. Gigliotti asked him what happened, and he claimed, "I
just can't conduct anymore or I'll fall over." They stopped the sesson.
Several months later, they recorded the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 and at
the end of that session, Ormandy said,"Ok, let's finish the Mozart." No
warning! So Gigliotti stood up and played the second movement straight
through with no edits. Third movement had two edits (I think he said).
He didn't even have a chance to pick a reed!!!
Roger Garrett
Professor of Clarinet
Director - Concert Band, Symphonic Winds & Titan Band
Advisor - Recording Studio
Illinois Wesleyan University

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