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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000107.txt from 2002/02

From: (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, 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
> with?

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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