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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000573.txt from 2003/06

Subj: Re: [kl] Vibrato on the Clarinet
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2003 19:10:29 -0400

I think recordings are an excellent document of taste and times. Virtuosos
are popular because I think audiences really need more that a straight tone
in Beethoven's violin concerto. I heard Michael Collins recording of it on
clarinet and can say it did zero for me....however, what a brilliant player.
String vibrato is certainly quite different in many regards from wind
instruments.....I haven't heard the wild vibrato in the string sound on the
Karajan Mendelssohn recording I have. Just great playing. I think its a
bit dangerous to assert what Felix would want. I know that some composers
are not the best performers of their own works!
----- Original Message -----
rom: "Joseph H. Fasel" <>
Subject: Re: [kl] Vibrato on the Clarinet

> 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.
> --Joe
> 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
> > effect in his recordings of Bach's unaccompanied sonatas and partitas,
> > 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
> > all the recordings that exist, but we've heard enough to be convinced
> > among violinists, copious vibrato in Mendelssohn is the norm, and that
> > would be far more controversial *not* to use it.
> Joseph H. Fasel, Ph.D. email:
> Stockpile-Complex Modeling and Analysis phone: +1 505 667 7158
> University of California fax: +1 505 667 2960
> Los Alamos National Laboratory post: D-2 MS F609; Los Alamos, NM
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