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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000358.txt from 2001/04

From: joe redr <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Questions for former Marcellus students
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 20:27:20 -0400

--- Daniel Leeson <> wrote:
> > that was Szell's fault because the tempi were
> annoyingly slow, but my
> disappointment was palpable. >

Mr. Leeson,

Which tempi do you speak of? His tempo in the slow
movement was maybe a bit slower than I've heard
before, but the others movements were standard tempi -
at least compared to the ten or so recordings I've
heard. What are the correct tempi for the movements?
I won't argue your opinions on his interpretation,
since those are personal. However... his playing may
not have been as "exciting" or correct in style as say
Neidich or Shifrin, but from a pure clarinet phrasing,
legato, sound, and control standpoint, it was great.
I've heard more exciting performances of that piece
too. I learned a lot from listening to his Mozart
about the above mentioned issues. There are many bad
recordings/performances of 622 utilizing period and
modern instruments I've heard where the performer knew
the style, ornaments, etc. Maybe what I'm trying to
say is that his clarinet playing - not style so much -
was superb.


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