Klarinet Archive - Posting 000107.txt from 2002/02
From: Tony@-----.uk (Tony Pay)
Subj: Re: [kl] Solti and Barenboim
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2002 16:31:51 -0500
On Fri, 8 Feb 2002 14:24:47 -0600, Gregory@-----.com said:
> I and many others here at the CSO do have a different opinion re: your
> two viewpoints vis-a-vis these two maestros. I suppose that it all
> perhaps depends on what one considers "right" and "wrong" to begin
Yes, you're quite right, it does. We all have our own attitudes towards
what is important in music, and in different musical styles.
> Let's face it, they both are not model communicators with their stick
> technique compared to a Kleiber or Szell or Maazel (now there's
> someone that is eccentric or perhaps considered "wrong" by many
> because of their interpretations but has some of the best
> communicative skills around).
I find Maazel just 'clever'.
I should tell you a story at this point. When I was much younger, I had
a friend and mentor who has since become a conductor. He was the person
who offered me my first job, being chairman and principal trumpet of the
orchestra I joined.
We often talked about music.
"Have you ever worked with Maazel?" he asked once.
"No," I replied.
"I think you should," he said. "I think you'd like that a lot."
Then, after a pause, he added,
"I think it's f*****g awful myself."
> But musical ideas regarding interpretive style and even competency,
> expressly communicated from them directly to the Chicago Symphony
> Orchestra have risen and fallen on their own merit. Respectfully, the
> overall judgement here seems to be dissimilar to yours, that's all.
I don't think my response even rises to the level of a judgement, Greg.
It's years since I worked with Barenboim as a conductor, though I've
played chamber music with him; and I never actually played for Solti,
just attended his concerts.
I was just being awkward, that's all:-)
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