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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000570.txt from 2001/05

From: "Kevin Fay (LCA)" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Mahler and the Chicago SO
Date: Thu, 24 May 2001 12:14:56 -0400

Dirk Kussin posted:

<<<I read somewhere that the CSO has both, Boehm and Oehler clarinets,
the Oehler's for some "german" music. I was a little bit surprised and
also amused that the figurehead of the Leblanc Company, Larry Combs,
also plays on Oehler's.

My question: I like the recordings of the Mahler symphonies (at least #1
and #9) with the CSO conducted by Pierre Boulez (Deutsche Grammophon,
form the md 90's). I always was proud of the nice clarinet parts which I
assumed to be played with Boehm clarinets (I also play Boehm myself).
Does someone know if precisely THESE recordings were played on Boehm's
or Oehler's?>>>

I witnessed the CSO play Mahler 5 last year -- both Larry Combs and Greg
Smith played on Oehler-system clarinets. Bud Herseth & the other
trumpet players did not, however, use rotary trumpets, which players in
many orchestras use for "German" works. Given how they sounded, though,
I don't care if they hooted on garden hoses; it worked fabulously all

Greg Smith occasionally monitors the list - perhaps he remembers what he
used in the mentioned recordings, which are also amongst my favorites.
(You should also listen to the earlier *live* recording made by the CSO
w/ Solti conducting, also outstanding. I admit it, I'm a junkie - I own

When Larry Combs plays Boehm clarinets, they are the Leblancs he
endorses, perhaps tweaked up a bit. I don't recall ever seeing an
advertisement stating that it's the only brand he ever uses.


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