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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000847.txt from 2000/07

From: LeliaLoban@-----.com
Subj: [kl] Carbonare's Selmer
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2000 10:43:23 -0400

Bill Wright wrote,
> Last week I stated that I heard a 'big name' at ClarinetFest
>playing so far out of tune that I started to leave the auditorium twice,
>and this has continued to bother me. How could a player with many CDs
>in print play an extended piece out of tune at a major performance? Yet
>when I asked several people sitting next to me, every one of them agreed
>that it was so.

Oh, it happens. In late 1969 or early 1970, Kevin and I went to hear a San
Francisco violin recital by a young but already renowned violinist. We'd
never heard him "live" before. That performance made us wonder whether all
the talk about him was hype, because he played out of tune and sounded sloppy
in other ways. Then we learned, from someone who spoke with him backstage,
that he played the gig despite a bad cold or case of the flu. Our friend
said it was obvious, close up, that he was really ill. "The show must go on"
-- but evidently his ears and sinuses were so congested that he couldn't hear
himself. I suspect this sort of thing happens more often than audiences
realize. This unfortunate gig didn't hurt Itzhak Perlman's reputation.

Lelia

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