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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000612.txt from 2001/04

From: Daniel Leeson <leeson0@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl] Perlman
Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 16:52:46 -0400

No, no, Tony. Not you. Someone else suggested that he was a jerk. You
said nothing of the kind.

Dan

Tony Pay wrote:
>
> On Wed, 25 Apr 2001 07:37:54 -0700, leeson0@-----.net 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.
>
> Tony
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