March 9, 2006 |
From note one, Ricardo Morales takes the clarinet into a sound world that's exclusively his. Comparisons with other clarinetists don't quite work. Whether he's playing concertos or incidental solos as principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, you're reminded of velvet-voiced opera star Leontyne Price. Or cashmere sweaters. Or moments of deep repose. What's behind that sound is a life of anything but repose, especially now that Morales is returning to his native San Juan and playing Mozart's Clarinet Concerto tomorrow during the Philadelphia Orchestra's tour of Florida and Puerto Rico.
March 3, 1987 |
The extraordinary player never sleeps. By being extraordinary, the player attracts composers who write to exploit the full limit of his technique. But by reaching that limit, some new limit suggests itself to the player - and to the next composer. One of those players, clarinetist Jean Kopperud, was cast in exactly that role last night when she played with the New York New Music Ensemble at the Settlement Music School. She was the star - in every sense - of William Thomas McKinley's Jean's Dream, which was having its premiere here.
April 30, 2012
Joe Muranyi, 84, a clarinetist whose mastery of pre-World War II jazz led to a four-year stint with Louis Armstrong's last band - and to an improbable moment of pop stardom - died April 20 in Manhattan. The cause was congestive heart failure, said his daughter, Adrienne Fuss. Mr. Muranyi was among a handful of jazz musicians who began their careers in the 1950s but looked to an earlier era for inspiration. Although he once studied with the forward-thinking pianist and composer Lennie Tristano, he spent most of his career with Dixieland bands, and he was widely regarded as one of the premier clarinetists in that genre.
December 12, 1988 |
Famed clarinetist Richard Stoltzman soloed with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Saturday night in Trenton's War Memorial Theater, playing John Corigliano's highly demanding 1977 Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra under orchestra director Hugh Wolff. Stoltzman's performance, predictably, was a marvel, preserving the highest standards of tone and intonation even in the most violent and precipitous passages. The piece itself is problematic. Its last five minutes are a corker, with the clarinet playing Gabriel to apocalyptic brass scattered around the hall.
February 1, 1995 |
Julius DiGialleonardo, 77, a clarinetist for area dance bands and the proprietor of Father & Son Shoe Repair in Camden for more than 20 years, died Sunday at St. Agnes Hospital in Philadelphia after a long battle with cancer. Mr. DiGialleonardo was an Audubon Park resident. He was born in Camden. His family moved back to Italy, settling in Rome, when he was age 7. After returning to Italy, his training as a classical clarinetist began. Mr. DiGialleonardo attended a music academy in Rome, graduating in 1936.
March 12, 2002 |
Wilhelm Frederick "Billy" Krechmer, 92, a clarinetist whose name once was synonymous with jazz in Philadelphia, died yesterday of heart failure at Sunrise Assisted Living in Paoli. Born in Millville, Cumberland County, Mr. Krechmer had long resided in Longport, N.J. He also had lived in West Philadelphia. Mr. Krechmer recorded with Herb Gordon's band and toured with the Ted Lewis Orchestra during the big-band era, but in Philadelphia he was known for the jazz club he owned, operated, and served as band leader for nearly 30 years.
December 5, 2001 |
Anthony Gigliotti, 79, who for 47 years provided musical strength, integrity and continuity to the Philadelphia Orchestra as its principal clarinetist, died Monday at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center in Camden of complications associated with myelodysplasia, a form of anemia. Mr. Gigliotti grew up in South Philadelphia and lived in Cherry Hill. His tenure with the Philadelphia Orchestra is believed to be the longest of any principal clarinetist with an orchestra in the nation.
April 20, 2005 |
The Philadelphia Orchestra's relatively new principal clarinetist Ricardo Morales leaves audiences floored with a rich, velvety tone that seems to run like slow-motion liquid over every melodic line it touches. The question at his local recital debut on Monday at the Fleisher Art Memorial (presented by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society) was how much more to him is there? The answer, both from his program of Brahms, Milhaud and Bartok, and his solo CD French Portraits on Boston Records, is this: More than you could reasonably hope for. Morales isn't the only one who draws that kind of sound from that instrument, but you can count such musicians on one hand.
March 15, 1993 |
Daniel McKelway is a clarinetist with a nice sound and more than a little bit to say in the way of interesting interpretations. Playing Thursday afternoon at the Academy Ballroom Morning Musicale, he was able to blend sounds so closely with those of pianist Dena Levine that it was sometimes hard to tell where one began and the other left off. At least that was the case in the first work on the program, Debussy's Premiere rapsodie. But a few pieces later, the task was made considerably more difficult by a haggard Steinway whose pitch seemed to droop.
June 20, 1992 |
Services were held yesterday for Harold Karabell, one of the world's premiere jazz clarinetists, who died Wednesday. He was 64 and lived in Northeast Philadelphia. Until his death, he maintained a vigorous schedule that included teaching at Temple University and in the public schools, leading the Metropole Jazz Band and playing engagements. "The greatest thing was his eclectic nature of playing anything and doing it well," local band leader John Breslin said. "Not just do it, but do it superbly.