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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000571.txt from 2003/06

From: "Joseph H. Fasel" <>
Subj: Re: [kl] Vibrato on the Clarinet
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 14:40:16 -0400

Ah, but relying on recordings is part of the problem. Norrington tells
us that the current practice of continuous string vibrato followed closely
on the advent of recording, that performers were looking for a more
"glamorous" sound for these recordings. Copious vibrato in Mendelssohn
may be the norm today, but I doubt that Mendelssohn would approve.


On 2003.06.19 09:33 Lelia Loban wrote:
> Virtuoso soloists don't worry much about this sort of thing, even when
> they're playing Bach (Nathan Milstein used vibrato discreetly and to great
> effect in his recordings of Bach's unaccompanied sonatas and partitas, for
> instance); and neither Kevin nor I can think of any recording of the
> Mendelssohn violin concerto, including recent ones such as Joshua Bell's
> CD, in which the soloist failed to use vibrato both ways. We haven't heard
> all the recordings that exist, but we've heard enough to be convinced that
> among violinists, copious vibrato in Mendelssohn is the norm, and that it
> would be far more controversial *not* to use it.

Joseph H. Fasel, Ph.D. email:
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