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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000669.txt from 2000/09

From: "David B. Niethamer" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] more about Brahms
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 00:04:54 -0400

on 9/21/00 7:10 PM, William Wright wrote:

>For the purpose of participating in this discussion, does anyone
>wish to dissuade me from purchasing Karl Leister's recording? The
>other candidate appears to be Thea King. (Stoltzman recorded it also,
>but he is not at the top of my personal list.)

My personal favorites, in no particular order:

Stolzman/Richard Goode - I like the piano playing in this recording more
than any other. For people who don't particularly like Stolzman's
approach to clarinet playing, he is on his best behavior.

Harold Wright/Harris Goldsmith (from the 60's) - lovely, subtle clarinet
playing. A pianist who has mistaken his instrument for a bicycle. I like
this better than the Wright/Serkin recording, where the balance seems to
me to be *VERY* piano heavy.

Zuckerman/Barenboim (viola recording) - I find viola recordings and
performances of these pieces to be very instructive. String players have
a different approach to playing than clarinet players, vibrato being the
most notable feature. It's more overtly "espressivo" (to chime in on that
subject!) than the cooler clarinet sound.

The Primrose/Firkusny (viola) recording of the Eb sonata is nice, too.

my $0.02


David Niethamer
Principal Clarinet, Richmond Symphony

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