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A Clarinet revelation in Vienna’s La Clemenza

I’m watching the most magnificent production of La Clemenza do Tito. It’s a HD surround sound from the Vienna Staatsoper and the wonderful Elina Garanca singing the lead. But even the wonder of the singing and the beauty of the perfectly balanced orchestra, surely the world’s finest Mozart band, can’t eclipse the majesty of an image.

The principal clarinettist is playing the fiendish obbligato duet with Signorina Garanca. Beautiful phrasing, effortless technique, gorgeous light and shade. It’s stunning musicianship. And he’s sitting still. You’re right. Sitting still. Not waggling his elbows like a bagpiper or stirring the end of the clarinet like a snake charmer.

Just sitting and playing.

I wish all could.

Personal views of a wordsmithing, sartorialist, horn-playing, state school Oxonian dad, rugby ref, recovering politico, and fan of vintage tailoring, Ralph Lauren style, and sharp writing.

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