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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000348.txt from 2000/09

From: alevin@-----. Levin)
Subj: Re: [kl] Schoenberg
Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2000 17:21:19 -0400


I seem to remember a David Atherton from Fontainebleau - same one?


At 12:49 AM 9/10/00 +0100, you wrote:
>On Fri, 8 Sep 2000 09:31:59 EDT, said:
>> Sorry...."Pierrot Lunaire" is one of my favorite pieces from this
>> whole era.
>You and me both, Walter.
>'Der kranke Mond' was *the* number, on a vinyl LP recorded by Bethany
>Beardslee and an American group, and heard in a fellow-student's room in
>Cambridge at midnight, that completely floored me.
>I remember, he played us just that track, to start with. I'd never
>encountered anything like it.
>This was in 1964. Of course, we were just students; but a group of us
>decided that we *had* to perform 'Pierrot' in Cambridge. (This was at a
>time when performances of the piece in England were *very* rare.)
>We knew we needed a professional singer, and wondered whether we dared
>approach Noelle Barker, an English soprano who was an acknowledged
>expert in new music.
>Well, she accepted both our invitation and the very modest fee we
>offered; but then, even more amazingly, she asked us all to her house in
>Leeds, during the vacation -- 5 days, we stayed! -- so that we could
>rehearse it properly.
>Looking back, I think this was one of the most formative experiences of
>my musical life.
>Thank you so much, Noelle.
>And, you may have heard of Sir Andrew Davis, principal conductor of the
>BBC Symphony Orchestra, ex of Toronto.
>He was the pianist.
>David Atherton organised the whole thing, and conducted.
>(Bravo David, as always.)
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