Klarinet Archive - Posting 000441.txt from 2000/07
From: Tony@-----.uk (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] Ornamentation in chamber music
Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 16:49:46 -0400
On Fri, 07 Jul 2000 14:38:51 -0700, leeson0@-----.net said:
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, 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 about
> your performance of K. 581 cannot live up to Stolzman's. His was
> slightly more exciting.
But it doesn't answer the question, which I think is interesting too,
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