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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000613.txt from 2002/06

From: "Daniluk, Bill" <>
Subj: RE: [kl] Re: "Buzzy" Sound (Stoltzman)
Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 00:50:46 -0400

I think that Stoltzman would make a crumby orchestral player - the best
symphony players can emerge for the solo parts and blend back into the
ensemble when needed, and it seems to me that Stoltzman is ALWAYS front and
center. I don't think that either the soloist or the ensemble player is a
"better" musician, though I'm impressed by the flexibility of those who can
go back and forth. For me, Stolzman's strength is his incredible ability to
apply the ultimate contrast in dynamic range and make an extremely musical
line. I remember hearing my teacher playing me his recording of the
Schubert Arpeggione Sonata transcription in the early 70's and being
extremely impressed. A good 50% of the clarinet players disliked him then,
and it looks as if that's still the case. I don't believe that it's envy
though (there is certainly plenty to envy!). I think that he has taken so
much liberty with the tone of the instrument that some feel he has gone
beyond what is appropriate for the 'classical' repertory. And then there's
the vibrato, which some people find distasteful. For me, the beauty of the
line is more important than the beauty of the tone, and I don't mind the
vibrato, though I can certainly understand why others may have differing
points of view. I prefer his serious stuff more than the new age and
Amazing Grace/Summertime/etc things.
Bill Daniluk

-----Original Message-----
From: Gene Nibbelin []
Subject: RE: [kl] Re: "Buzzy" Sound (Stoltzman)

Edwin -(and anyone else who has an opinion)

In your opinion, how would Stoltzman have done in the recent Philadelphia

Also, in your opinion, who are the better "musicians",
soloists/virtuosi/super stars or major symphony principals?

Gene Nibbelin

-----Original Message-----
From: Lacy, Edwin []
Subject: RE: [kl] Re: "Buzzy" Sound (Stoltzman)


> I think it's because he's made money.

<<<I disagree. I believe Stoltzman has done more for clarinet and music in
general than a lot of "superstars" have by making it more mainstream and
increasing exposure.>>>

I would like to ask who you would consider more of a "superstar" of the
clarinet than Stoltzman. If superstar-dom means recognition from the
general public, whether or not based on actual musical accomplishments, I
can't think of any clarinetist who is more qualified for the title of
superstar than he is.

Ed Lacy
University of Evansville




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