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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000800.txt from 2004/10

From: "dnleeson" <>
Subj: [kl] BBC concert
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2004 15:19:07 -0400

I went back to the BBC concert to have another hearing of Tony's
insightful performance of 622, but as much as I enjoyed and
valued that performance, something else on the concert (and which
I had not listened to first time round) completely swept me away.
It is one thing to expect a great performance and then have those
expectations fulfilled as in the case of Tony's 622 performance,
but to find something new and wonderful on a concert when you
least expect it is a wonderful thing.

It was the Vorisek symphony in D that completely knocked me out.
I don't remember ever having heard a single thing by this man,
though the name is familiar. But that symphony was as good a
work as one could expect to hear in a (to me) completely unknown
piece. It was full of surprises and enchanting turns that I had
no reason to anticipate.

I have invariably felt that during Mozart's lifetime, the most
sophisticated listeners in the world were in Prague. The
Viennese were to concerned with other things, but the Czechs
loved Mozart and they loved good music. Next to them, the
Viennese were tasteless dilletantes. And here, in their presence
they had Vorisek capable of creating at least one great work.
It's quite a piece. I must try and find other things of his to
listen to but it won't a symphony. Apparently he only wrote one.

That is some piece of music.

Dan Leeson

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