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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000689.txt from 2000/07

Subj: [kl] Re: Prodigy ages
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2000 10:04:27 -0400

In a message dated 7/19/00 11:35:53 PM,

<< > What can one say about Alessandro Carbonare? Simply the most awe
> clarinet playing I have ever heard. BEGIN a recital with the Berio
> 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
> a chance to hear this man live, spend whatever it takes. You will not be
> disappointed.

This paragraph says a lot and really makes me wish I'd seen the performance.
It suddenly dawns on me, though: Carbonare is 33. I wonder what Ricardo will
sound like when *he* reaches that ripe old age. He's only 28 -- it's five
years away! Dang. >>

It's true, Morales and Carbonare are in a class by themselves (among players
I have actually heard). Well, I have just over a year until I am 33. . .but I
don't think there are enough hours before then to catch up, even if I used
every last one of them to practice!

As I said to my friends after the Carbornare recital: "Something tells me his
hands and my hands came from a different manufacturer."

-David Hattner, NYC

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