The son of a builder, Jack Brymer started his working life as teacher. made a number of commercial recordings, including three of Mozart’s clarinet concerto. Informational, witty, and blunt, Jack Brymer’s “Clarinet” is a necessary read for all clarinetists. I personally guarantee that as you read this book as you practice. Widely considered the dean of British clarinetists up to his death in , Jack Brymer once said that “the ability to play the clarinet is the ability to overcome the .

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Onur Engin marked it as to-read Dec 11, Michael Collins was in my peer group at the RCM and nobody else had a chance with him around — lol! From time to time he played jazz clarinet in British clubs, and he also recorded as part of the jazz group of his best-known student, saxophonist John Harle.

Jose Antonio marked it as to-read Jun 27, To be specific about when he was at his best, I’d say not in your clips which I suspect are the Beecham recording. I’d also try the opening of the Eflat clariinet if you can ignore the pungent oboe playing. My jzck from my schooldays were undoubtedly Jack Brymer and Gervase de Peyer — very different, but both with such a lot to offer.

They married in when they were both Goodness — what a trip down memory lane! In The GramophoneEdward Greenfield wrote of Brymer’s “distinctively refined tone-colour … breathtakingly expressive” in the slow movement.

Clarinet choir Clarinet concerto Clarinet sonata Clarinet quintet Clarinet-violin-piano trio Clarinet-viola-piano trio. Hello Ian- What a wonderful historical perspective you offer, from a personal point of view. He recorded all the wind btymer of Mozart, including the Clarinet Concerto three times. The more recent addition of a Backun barrel and change of mouthpiece, together with applying the “wide throat” of my training, has been a great help in bringing me closer to the sound which I want to produce — round and “plummy”.

When I returned to playing a couple of years ago, I did contemplate a wide bore instrument but ended up with a pair of RC prestiges. There’s a Kell Mozart quintet on the pristine classical website that’s lovely and rather Brymeresque.

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He accepted an invitation to join the London Symphony Orchestra as co-principal with Gervase de Peyer. Alan Paul and Guy Woolfenden both wrote concertos for him, and Armstrong Gibbs wrote a clarinet quintet. With Brymer, the belly is a mere fraction more rotund than my personal preference. He also began to play more often in chamber music. To ask other readers questions about Clarinetplease sign up.

Clarinet Tone Talk: Jack Brymer, English master clarinetist

Cecilie Berland rated it it was amazing Jan 21, This page was last edited on 27 Decemberat It was at Goldsmiths that he first met Joan Richardson, a violinist and viola player. His professional career started when Sir Thomas Beecham appointed him principal clarinet of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and it went on to include extensive concerto, chamber music and recital work. Among his principal players were Kell and Brain.

Sorry to respond so late, Simon, but I will see if I can find out. I just read that in his bio. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. His final words to me was ‘do you think people will remember me? And Janet Hilton’s Chandos recording of the Bliss quintet is some of the best playing I’ve ever heard, without qualification. Inhe joined the RAF as a physical training instructor, doing his basic training at Uxbridge.

I appreciate his playing a lot more now, but still not my favourite. Of the English clarinetists that I know of I believe he is my favorite. For me, the best of his Mozart concertos is the one with Colin Davis both as a performance and for the bry,er rich sound.

Andrew Cummer marked it as to-read Apr 22, Benjamin rated it it was brymsr Jan 25, And while I could accept clainet argument of a player who criticises and says “I choose not to play like that”, my counter-question would be “but could you really do it if you wanted to? In a clarinet solo from an orchestral work by Dvorak, the older generation of British and continental players produced a woody folk colour, whereas Brymer would create a soft romantic impression.


Technically, people like Michael Collins are streets ahead of the older generation, but the sound just doesn’t make the heart sing. Brymer died in Redhill, Surrey at the age of Aliosha Bielenberg marked it clainet to-read Feb 26, As you say, an excellent teacher.

Jack Brymer

Bernardo Carvalho rated it really liked it Mar 10, Widely considered the dean of British clarinetists up to his death inJack Brymer once said that “the ability to play the clarinet is the ability to overcome the imperfections of the instrument,” adding that “there’s no such thing as a perfect clarinet, never was and never will be. Goossens’ colleague Reginald Kell then took the idea on board, though Brymer told me he was playing the clarinet with vibrato before Kell.

Vibrato was by no means all, though. I will be doing some research on how clarinetists voice, which should help many players decide how they want to shape their sound and how to do it. Sabrina added it Sep 06, Brymer’s first reaction was to think it was a practical joke, with one of his musical friends impersonating Beecham’s familiar lordly drawl. Neil marked it as to-read Jun 29, He took over leadership of the London Saxophone Quartet after the death of clairnet founder Michael Krein, playing Soprano Saxophone which he considered the bry,er ‘Classical’ of the Saxophone family.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. So, no it’s not a bad thing at all.

Some recordings may exist of broadcast performances which were not issued on commercial labels. They married inand Joan travelled with jaxk all over the world throughout his career. One other Jack Brymer performance that everyone knows, however, is that of the clarinet part in the long orchestral crescendo in the Beatles ‘ “A Day in the Life.