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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000706.txt from 2001/07

From: "David McClune" <dmcclune@-----.edu>
Subj: Re: [kl] Leister (was: German clarinetists...)
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2001 23:35:39 -0400

David,=20
I used to have, and may still have, reel to reel tapes of those performance=
s fomr Toronto. Now to uncover them and be re-humbled.

David McClune

>>> dnietham@-----.edu 07/26/01 21:00 PM >>>
on 7/24/01 7:33 PM, David Hattner wrote:

>I will never forget the first time (nor any of the other times) I =
heard=20
>Leister in person. He came to Northwestern when I was a freshman and =
gave a=20
>superb masterclass. I believe every one of us in the room was awe-struck=
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>with=20
>the poise and ease with which he played excerpts from the Beethoven=20
>symphonies. He is an incredible performer and one of the most distinguishe=
d=20
>musicians ever to play the instrument.

I'll second David Hattner's assessment. The only time I heard Leister=20
live was at the 1978 ClarinetFest in Toronto. In addition to a concert =
of=20
the Mozart and Brahms Quintets, which was stunning, he gave a series of=20
informal lecture performances, talking about various issues of clarinet=20
playing and equipment, and illustrating various points with performances=20=

of movements and sometimes entire works from the standard literature. =
All=20
of the performances were wonderful - even those where he stopped =
talking,=20
picked up a slightly cooled down clarinet, and played. Very impressive.

David

David Niethamer
Principal Clarinet, Richmond Symphony
dnietham@-----.edu
http://members.aol.com/dbnclar1/

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