Yesterday, I had the upmost privilege of hearing Richard Stoltzman perform live in concert. As I knew previously, Richard Stoltzman is the world’s best clarinetist. I was very excited to hear that he would be doing a recital here at Rollins, especially one that I could attend for free.
The first half of the concert consisted on Copland’s Clarinet Concerto and Bernstein’s Clarinet Sonata. Both are extraordinary pieces of music and Mr. Stoltzman’s performance of them was nothing short of that. His fluency and technical mastery of the clarinet was unimaginable. He made these two incredibly difficult pieces look easy.
The second half of the concert was much more relaxed. It consisted of 4 works by Gershwin. These pieces were nowhere near in the difficulty of the first two works but Mr. Stoltzman still made them shine. He is truly a master of his instrument and I only hope I get more opportunities to hear him play.