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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000441.txt from 2001/04

From: David Naden <dnaden@-----.org>
Subj: RE: [kl] I'm simply obsessed
Date: Wed, 18 Apr 2001 14:06:19 -0400

Mr. Leeson--

There could be no better excuse...oops REASON...to be late in preparing
articles than listening to that recording, or any recording by Sabine =
Meyer
and her ensemble. I know that I look forward to every new release by =
her,
or the ensemble, and am often disappointed when it takes toooo much =
time to
obtain them because record companies, such as EMI, are driven more by =
the
bottom line than an excellent recording.

To be late in preparing articles just to listen to this recording and =
share
that excitement and energy with the list is worth as much or more than =
any
possible article!!

Keep on listening...

David S. Naden

-----Original Message-----
From: Daniel Leeson [mailto:leeson0@-----.net]
Subject: [kl] I'm simply obsessed

I made a tactical error today. With a lot of work to do including
several commissions for magazine articles, I made the dreadful mistake
of putting on a recording of Krommer wind octet music played by the
Bl@-----. (EMI Classics 7 54383 2)

So extraordinary are the performances of every one of the four octets
performed (op. 51, 71, 76, and 78) that I have given up any hope of
getting any work done and simply turned my full attention to the
recording. I'm now on my third run through of the CD.

I happen to think that the Krommer octets (really nonets, they don't
work well without the 16 foot bass which is played in the recording on =
a
contrabassoon) are simply marvellous music: clever, intelligent, well
composed, imaginative, fanciful, super pieces. But the playing of
Meyer's ensemble is so exciting, full of energy and gusto that one =
would
have to be made of stone not to fall in love with both the pieces and
the recording.

It has to be close to 40 years since I first played a Krommer nonet and
I almost fell off my chair at the first one I did. It made me
breathless with admiration. One year at a summer music camp at which I
was an instructor for large-scale wind ensemble music, Larry Combs was
there and he and I played several together all of which he admiringly
classified as "cooking music."

I have no idea why I am writing this note except I am so damn excited.=20
And now I will be late in getting the articles written. Damn.
--=20
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** Dan Leeson ** =20
** leeson0@-----.net **
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