Author: Mark G. Simon
Date: 2006-08-18 14:25
>I really wished I was there, if only to hear Carbonare, he is IMHO one of the >top musicians in the world not only in the clarinet community.
Carbonare was spectacular, alright. I thought his one of the more memorable performances. These are the notes I took down about his performance:
Alessandro Carbonare (principal clarinet of the Orchestra di Santa Cecilia in Rome) displayed really astounding virtuosity in his three selections, all of which were of consummate difficulty. "Gat" by G. Fitkin is a post-minimalist romp made up of patterned melodic figures which never have time to sit still and just repeat. Occasionally Carbonare was called upon to sing in unison with what he was playing. A very enjoyable piece. "FZ for Alex" is credited to F. Zappa/A. Chenna without specifying whether this is an arrangement for clarinet and piano of a pre-existing Zappa work, or a modern-day potpourri on popular themes. It had a little bit of Zappa's jazz predilection, his Varese knock-offs, and his rock music. The piece closed with a version of "Let's Make the Water Turn Black" which included all manner of fiendish finger-acrobatics. This brought the house down, and he had an encore in store, a humorous bit in which the scherzo of Saint-Saens' Clarinet Sonata is rendered barely recognizable in a jazz setting.
And I forgot to mention, he also played a fantasia on themes from Verdi's "Un Ballo in Maschera", one of those 19th century operatic potboilers where Verdi's hit tunes alternate with fits of furious arpeggiation. Here too he covered himself in glory.
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