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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000336.txt from 2000/07

From: Dan Leeson <leeson0@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] Ornamentation in chamber music
Date: Fri, 7 Jul 2000 17:56:45 -0400

Tony, as much as I admire your playing, you will never do K. 581 as Stolzman
performed it at Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grace Rainey Rogers auditorium in the
1960s. After his performance, he went off stage, took his clothes off, and streaked
the entire audience using his clarinet as a baton like a drum major.

So you will forgive me when I say that the description you gave below about your
performance of K. 581 cannot live up to Stolzman"s. His was slightly more exciting.

Dan Leeson

Tony Pay wrote:

> I've just played K581 in the Oxford Chamber Music Festival with a
> wonderful young pickup quartet led by the excellent Isabelle Faust. We
> did some, though not much, ornamentation.
>
> Now, obviously, if I ornament, then the first violin ornaments too.
> But, how about the others?
>
> When we went down this road in the Nash Ensemble on a US tour a few
> years ago, there came a point where it started to get a bit silly -- or
> so I thought. One of the 'best' among many moments was when the
> 'cellist decided at the last moment to put the final E of his solo in
> the second trio of K581 up the octave, in a flamboyant gesture that had
> us practically rolling about on stage in the concert. And as you can
> imagine, there's lots of scope for 'improvements' in, say, the viola
> part;-)
>
> (I remember Virginia Benade was in the audience for that particular
> concert with the high E. I forgot to ask her afterwards what she'd
> thought about the 'free' quality of our efforts.)
>
> Is this authentic behaviour?
>
> Tony
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