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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000625.txt from 2000/07

Subj: [kl] Clarinetfest 2000
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2000 10:19:41 -0400

An excellent event. I had the chance to see so many friends I hadn't seen in
a long time, and meet some new ones. Sorry I couldn't make it to the
gathering, but time seemed to fly.

The evening recitals were all superb. Tom Martin was as outstanding as I had
always been told. Beautiful sound, immaculate control and style, style style.
We all went nuts afterward. His recital was short, we acutally wanted more.

What can one say about Alessandro Carbonare? Simply the most awe inspiring
clarinet playing I have ever heard. BEGIN a recital with the Berio Sequenza?
Not in my lifetime. But he played it with complete mastery, particularly in
regards to dynamics. The rest was simply dazzling. Seamless circular
breathing, technique of staggering levels, great intonation and true
artistry. His 'clowning' for an encore was simply hilarious. If you ever get
a chance to hear this man live, spend whatever it takes. You will not be

Special mention must me made for Julian Bliss, the pre-teen phenom from
England. "Miraculous" was the word my friends and I seemed to agree on. Not
only did he play a monster program (Martinu Sonatina, Hillandale Waltzes,
etc) he played it from memory and with great poise and musicality.
Technically, it was stunning and he played with as wide a dynamic range as
anyone all week. In addition, his pianist stumbled over several of the tricky
rhythms in Hillandale, leaving out beats several times, but Julian simply
followed her. Most impressive. If his progress continues, he'll bury us all.

David Hattner, NYC

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