As London audiences gear up for his Wigmore Hall Residency, both the BBC Music Magazine and Gramophone published in-depth interviews with Martin and paid tribute to his new recording of the Brahms’ chamber music which Gramophone singled out for an Editor’s Choice: “Sensuous beauty and taut sinew mingle for an interpretation from five soloists whose fastidious attention to internal balance and every musical detail result in sovereign excellence, in a sovereign recording …. Fröst’s control of instrumental color is superfine, intensity of phrases shaped through swell and diminution of sound, timbres voiced to express the character of words in the transcribed songs.” Gramophone Magazine “The clarinet rises from the opening bars of the Quintet like woodsmoke.“ BBC Music Magazine There was no less praise from Brahms’ native Germany: “From the first to the last note this is an amazing Brahms recording - with perhaps the best clarinetist in the world today." NDR Radio, CD of the Week “Rarely is Johannes Brahms’ late Clarinet Quintet heard with such exquisite shading, performed by five of the leading performers of their instruments. In particular, a finer, more balanced, intimate performance than Martin Fröst’s is hard to find.“ Klassik Heute The recording was also chosen as CD of the Week by BBC Radio 3 (UK), France Musique (France), ABC Radio (Australia), Der Telegraaf and AVRO (The Netherlands) Dags Avisen (Norway), Dagens Nyheter and Svenska Dagbladet (Sweden).
In addition to appearances with orchestras such as the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Zürich Tonhalle Orchestra and Radio Suisse Romande this season, Martin will embark on a number of exciting multi concert residencies in London, Amsterdam, Gothenburg and Cincinnati. These residencies will enable Martin to appear in programmes both as soloist, conductor and chamber musician and to present his much praised concept “Dollhouse” to new audiences.
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