As 2013 comes to a close the accolade for Martin Fröst's new Mozart album continue to flow in. In the UK the Sunday Times chose the release amongst its top 4 classical albums of the year commenting "Arguably the world's greatest clarinettist in his second account of the greatest concerto for his instrument, revealing in the virtuosity, wit and pathos of Mozart's last orchestral work." In New York, where Martin was performing the Mozart clarinet concerto with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra the New York Times wrote "Fröst exhibited a virtuosity and a musicianship unsurpassed by any clarinettist — perhaps any instrumentalist — in my memory … Fröst's reading of the Mozart concerto was a paragon of lyricism: breathtaking its pianissimos, utterly fluent in its legatos, gleaming in its ornamental flourishes." Also in the USA Listen Magazine reviewed the new album commenting "As ever, Fröst has a cool way with this music ...the Swede has a sound of silver that is irresistibly dulclt" whilst back in the UK Gramophone wrote of his "smooth, liquid tone" and sensitivity to "the music's melancholy undertow, bending the pulse in response to a shadowing." Across the channel in France the album received a Diapason 5 placing it amongst the top albums of the month in what was described as a "thrilling performance." Back home in Sweden the album was nominated this week for a Grammi. Martin last won a Swedish Grammi in 2004 for his first recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto so it would be a fitting return if the album is chosen as Classical CD of the Year. We shall find out on 19 February 2014.
“Fröst exhibited a virtuosity and a musicianship unsurpassed by any clarinettist — perhaps any instrumentalist — in my memory.” – The New York Times, December 2013
Martin enthralled the New York audience and critis alike in a concert together with the Orpheus Chamber Orhestra. Carnegie Hall was sold out and the electrified audience went from breathless to exultant. Both the rendering of Mozart Clarinet Concerto and the spectacular encore were thoroughly praised by the New York Times´ James R. Oestreich: ”..Mr. Frost’s reading of the Mozart concerto was a paragon of lyricism: breathtaking in its pianissimos, utterly fluid in its legatos, gleaming in its ornamental flourishes. ...the spectacular Carnegie encore, which began as a modest improvisation on licks from Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” and opened into two riotous outbursts of klezmerlike note-spinning, ranging mercurially from the most delicate and attenuated to the most raucous, with the orchestra jamming alongside. Between the two performances Mr. Frost exhibited a virtuosity and a musicianship unsurpassed by any clarinetist — perhaps any instrumentalist — in my memory.” Read the whole review in New York Times. Photo: Brian Harkin for The New York Times
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