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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000609.txt from 2001/04

From: (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] Perlman
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 15:43:33 -0400

On Wed, 25 Apr 2001 07:37:54 -0700, said:

> My experiences with Perlman were exactly the opposite of those
> reported. I did not find him a jerk, but a serious, friendly, helpful
> musician.

Who said he was a jerk?

I just reported what I experienced with him.

> In the case of Perlman, he flew in from Chicago, having played the Berg
> chamber concerto, to do the Mendelssohn concerto with us. He needed a
> rehearsal of that work like I need another nose, but we played the
> entire concerto front to back, then made a bunch of correction that he
> requested (and very politely too), and then, when I though it was all
> over, he requested that we do the concerto a second time.
> He didn't need to. But he did it to be comfortable with us and also to
> provide a quality performance for the audience.
> A colleague of mine also indicated that he was in Amsterdam to play
> something and the Concertgebow was both rehearsing for the next
> program while playing concerts with him. On inquiring what was being
> rehearsed for the next program, he was told that it was one of the
> Bach passions.
> He said that he never played it and would the orchestra manager get
> him permission to play as one of the violinists during the rehearsal.
> That was accomplished and a seat was placed for him in the 1st violin
> section. But he came in and simply went to the last chair second
> violins and played the entire rehearsal from that position.

Not at all at variance, any of this, with the notion that what is
interesting to Perlman, when push comes to shove, is how he personally
comes over to the audience.

> I don't think that guy is a jerk at all, and I wish I had a scintilla
> of his talent and character. And I hear that he is a very good cook
> of Chinese food. How bad can he be?

Not bad, or a jerk -- just capable of what I described him to have done.

Not a god either, though.

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