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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000618.txt from 2002/06

From: "Joseph Wakeling" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Re: "Buzzy" Sound (Stoltzman and superstars)
Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2002 05:35:32 -0400

Jeremy A Schiffer wrote:

<< As for Stoltzman, I can't stand to listen to him. I think he has a
horrible sound and his technique is more gimmick than anything else. I'll
take Benny Goodman, or even myself (even if I can't get the gliss at the end
right 80% of the time), playing the Copland any day over Stoltzman. >>

and James Hobby added:

<< Stoltzman, I can do without very well. I have never liked his sound. I
have a personal aversion to vibrato in classical clarinet performance. I
won't buy his recordings. He played in Nashville with the NSO a couple of
years ago. A friend who teaches middle school band took his clarinet
section to the concert, and said he regreted it; hoping that they wouldn't
try to copy Stoltzman's sound. >>

It's just worth noting, whatever you think of his playing, that the clarinet
world would be poorer many, many wonderful works if it wasn't for Stoltzman.

-- Joe


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