@Allison has expressed distress at my use of the term ‘reader’ when applied to an orchestra player (even though that is what they do imo). She has even apparently jumped to the conclusion that I invented the term. Wish I could take credit for it, but that is not the case. In fact, now that I think about it, the first time I recall hearing it was from Michael Anthony, a local TC critic.
To make matters worse, I have little doubt, I also use the term when applied to different readings by the same conductor of the same piece with different orchestras, or different cd’s or performances of the same piece. I have even used it <shock!> when referencing a soloist’s reading/interpretation of a part as opposed to another.
Well, here is an example of someone else using the term, in an article on the other locked-out orchestra, the SPCO (I include the full paragraph so as to put it into context):
“The Symphony No. 41 in C major is Mozart’s last and, arguably, his greatest symphony. Zukerman led a dramatic, even heroic, reading. In the opening Allegro vivace, the musicians played with an intensity that made the climax sound like a Romantic composition, all the while maintaining the clean string sound representative of a Classical one. The color and warmth of the winds was also exceptionally effective.”
The reference here is to the conductor’s reading of the piece.
Perhaps @Allison should take a moment or two away from playing her orchestral parts and read a review or two. :-0