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 Ivan Petruzziello, CSVR
Author: ClarinetRobt 
Date:   2018-02-14 01:26

This past weekend I heard Ivan Petruzziello with the Corpus Christi Orchestra play the Navarro #2. The orchestra also performed Stravinsky's Fire Bird Suite and Bolero.

Since there's been much glamouring about how the CSVR doesn't the same 'ring, ping' as an R13, I thought I'd give my impressions on Ivan's sound in his solo work within the orchestra pieces and Navarro.

As a casual listener, I can't underscore enough how much heft Ivan had in his sound. There was a ton of core, yet he seem to have little difficulty cutting through orchestral textures. At the same dynamic, he'd easily out "blow" (I'm sure there's a better adjective) the oboe. That is, there was more 'force', if you will, behind his tone. For me, by 'force' I mean, there were more overtones highlighting his core quality.

Ivan had a 'brighter' sound for the Navarro, which seemed appropriate for the style of music. (I have no idea if he did any equipment changes, but he still had his CSVR.) There were balance problems, but I put that on the conductor for not holding the orchestra back. At times, he was covered up needlessly. Pity since it's a great piece and his execution was very good.

So as for the CSVR, it did it's job perfectly in Ivan's hands. Big sound that hit ever corner of the hall. Certainly better than the 2nd's R13 in the hall.

~Robert L Schwebel
Mthpc: Behn Vintage, Lig: Ishimori, Reed: Aria 4, Legere Euro Signature 3.75, Horns: Uebel Superior, Ridenour Lyrique

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 Re: Ivan Petruzziello, CSVR
Author: Bob Bernardo 
Date:   2018-02-15 07:55

Good post Robert! There is surely a sound difference between the Buffet's and the Yamaha's. Well the Buffet's and all of the other instruments. Backun's, Selmer's, every horn has its own sound. I've played the CSVR's now is several halls, made some adjustments, facing adjustments, different Yamaha barrels, but they do their job just fine. There is the ping and the ring. Yes it sounds different than the Buffet's but it surely is there. As I've said before these are not toys anymore, these horns are beasts. The sound will fill any hall, but you have to have the right mouthpiece. You don't need something like a 1.20 tip opening. I'm at 1.05 or so. My greatest thrill is playing "A" clarinet solos. That A clarinet is just so fun to play. No resistance like Buffet's. It plays like the old Selmer 9 series with more control and tunes really well.

Are Buffet's better? Buckun's and Selmer's better? Well I like the idea of taking a CSVR out of the case, it seals, it sounds great, it's in tune, and you can play a concert that night for about $2500. Or $5000 for a set. The cost on 1 Buffet or 1/2 of a Tosca and a Backun. They are still great enough for top symphony orchestra as we are now seeing over and over.


NEWLY DESIGNED - Vintage 1940 Cicero Mouthpieces


Yamaha Artist




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 Re: Ivan Petruzziello, CSVR
Author: Tom Puwalski 
Date:   2018-02-15 18:37

When you know what you're doing and you know what you want to sound like, you eventually sound like how you sound on any clarinet you play. Some clarinets just let you get to that sound with less work, that is what makes the Yamaha clarinets special, they play easy.

That sound that's really popular, you know the one, it sounds fuzzy, like you're using a reed that is 2 stregnths too hard. That sound NEVER projects, I don't care what clarinet you get it on.


Tom Puwalski, Yamaha and D'Addario artist, author of the Clarinetists Guide to Klezmer, Klezmer Basic training, and former Principal clarinetist, United States Army Field Band.

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 Re: Ivan Petruzziello, CSVR
Author: MartyMagnini 
Date:   2018-02-15 20:23





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