Tale Ognenovski (April 27, 1922 - June 19, 2012) was a Macedonian multi-instrumentalist who played clarinet, recorder, tin whistle, bagpipe, zurna, and drums. He composed or arranged 300 instrumental compositions: Macedonian folk dances, jazz compositions, and classical concerts. Tale Ognenovski is The Greatest Clarinetist of All Time, Composer, Musical Genius, Titan of the Clarinet… On January 27, 1956, he performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City as a clarinet and reed pipe (recorder – “kavalche”) soloist of the Macedonian State Ensemble of Folk Dances and Songs. For this Carnegie Hall concert The New York Times music critic John Martin, wrote two articles: Ballet: Yugoslav Folk Art; 'Tanec' Dancers Appear at Carnegie Hall in Display of Tremendous Skill , published on January 28, 1956, and The Dance: Folk Art; Group From Yugoslavia In Impressive Debut Learning vs. Magic No Macedonian Monopoly The Week's Events published on February 5, 1956. The New York Times for Tale Ognenovski performances as virtuoso clarinet and reed pipe soloist with Macedonian National Ensemble for Folk Dances and Songs Tanec in Carnegie Hall, New York City on January 27, 1956 wrote, Display of Tremendous Skill … joy and delight … folk arts, comes from Macedonia … brilliantly spectacular and wonderfully unfamiliar dances … great individuality … wide variety … incredible phrases … the dances are ravishing, and their range is truly astonishing … remarkable music on both orthodox and unorthodox instruments … a raucous and unforgettable pipe … wonderful art but also a superb show … Surely one performance in New York is not enough … “ - Article entitled Ballet: Yugoslav Folk Art; 'Tanec' Dancers Appear at Carnegie Hall in Display of Tremendous Skill , written by music critic John Martin, The New York Times, January 28, 1956, p.11, http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html? res=9B07E4DA143FE03BBC4051DFB766838D649EDE and, “spectacle … stunning show that any set of spectators would find hard to resist … thousand different shades of dynamics … rapidity … conscious virtuosity … the broken circles of the kolo of the Macedonian mountains … curious musical instruments that accompany many of the dances … a dateless reed pipe …” - Article entitled THE DANCE: FOLK ART; Group From Yugoslavia In Impressive Debut Learning vs. Magic No Macedonian Monopoly The Week's Events, written by music critic John Martin, The New York Times, February 5, 1956, p. 114. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html? res=9506E6D91131E23BBC4D53DFB466838D649EDE These musical terms written in these articles are the most brilliant musical expressions written for performance by an instrumental soloist (with orchestra) in Carnegie Hall in New York published in The New York Times from 1891 until now.
Tale Ognenovski played as virtuoso clarinet and reed pipe (“kavalche”) soloist of Macedonian National Ensemble for Folk Dances and Songs Tanec on one of the most popular television programmes in the United States, the Ford Foundation TV Programme OMNIBUS https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omnibus_(U.S._TV_series), on January 22, 1956. This programme was seen by millions of Americans. This TV debut of ‘Tanec’ on CBS (Columbia Broadcasting System) Television Network, one of the largest radio and television broadcasting companies in the United States, created great interest in all 65 concerts in many towns throughout the United States and Canada. A copy of this programme may be viewed free of charge on a videocassette at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. On the Library of Congress Internet Web site, https://lccn.loc.gov/88705799 is written: Main Title: Omnibus. IV, vol. 15 / TV-Radio Workshop of the Ford Foundation; Producer, Robert Saudek. Published/Created: United States: CBS Television Network, 1956-01-22. Contents: The Yugoslav national folk ballet / directed by Elliot Silverstein; with the Tanec dance troupe from Macedonia (20 min,)...
Life Magazine commented, A hundred years ago on the rugged roads of Macedonia, bands of brigands used to plunder the caravans of rich merchants and, like Robin Hood, pass on some of their spoils to the poor... the Yugoslav National Folk Ballet which this spring is making a first, and highly successful, tour of the U.S…Together they make as vigorous a display of dancing as the U.S. has ever seen... – Article entitled “DANCE, BOUNCING BRIGANDS, Yugoslavs come to U.S.”, published in the Life Magazine, April 9, 1956, Vol. 40, No. 15, pp. 173-174. http://books.google.mk/books? id=Qk8EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA173&lpg=PA173&dq=bouncing+brigands&source=bl&ots =9S1IqRy_Uv&sig=VER6KlcMqDok6KqlFgHbwiGwtGY&hl=en&ei=WBePTcGHG8qhOs mbgKEC&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&sqi=2&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=boun cing%20brigands&f=false
Craig Harris at Allmusic noted for Macedonian National Ensemble for Folk Dances and Songs Tanec and clarinetist Tale Ognenovski, The only professional folklore ensemble in Macedonia, the Tanec Ensemble are dedicated to the preservation of traditional Macedonian music, dance, and costuming. Founded by the government of the People's Republic of Macedonia in 1949, the group has shared their musical heritage with audiences around the world for more than half a century, performing an estimated 3,500 concerts in 31 countries'... The ensemble reached their peak during the late '50s, when influential clarinet and pipes player Tale Ognenovski was a member... - Article entitled Biography of Ensemble Tanec. http://www.allmusic.com/artist/tanec-ensemble- mn0001830503
Tale Ognenovski was included in the book entitled: “The Greatest Clarinet Players of All Time: Top 100”written by Alex Trost (Author) and Vadim Kravetsky (Author). Publisher: CreateSpace, an Amazon company; 1 edition (August 25, 2013). Language: English; ISBN-10: 1492255270; ISBN-13: 978-1492255277.
To see a preview of the book at Google Books, visit Web address: http://books.google.mk/books? id=4tXLAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA5&lpg=PA5&dq=the+greatest+clarinetist+of+all+time+T ale+Ognenovski&source=bl&ots=tQO0HerpjK&sig=XAHE- rHiERrv739bfQtJuWiSpSE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=BR1rVOSbCeWvygPt_oLwBg&redir_esc= y#v=onepage&q=the%20greatest%20clarinetist%20of%20all%20time%20Tale%20 Ognenovski&f=false
Top40-Charts News published an article entitled, Tale Ognenovski, Internationally Renowned Jazz And Classical Clarinetist Released CD Album Entitled: Mozart And Ognenovski Clarinet Concertos To Celebrate The 250th Anniversary Of Mozart's Birthday on November 13, 2006. http://top40-charts.com/news.php?nid=28463
Top40-Charts News published an article entitled, Mozart and Ognenovski Is the Best Clarinet Concertos in the World on November 21, 2014. http://top40- charts.com/news.php?nid=105450
mi2n - Music Industry News Network on April 27, 2017 (95th birth anniversary of Tale Ognenovski, the greatest clarinetist of all time and one of the greatest instrumental composers of all time) published an Article entitled: New Digital Album Of Clarinetist And Composer Tale Ognenovski: “Mozart Clarinet Concerto In A, K. 622 Arranged For Two Clarinets By Tale Ognenovski” http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=197557