Martin Fröst

Music

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Mozart
Concerto in A major for Clarinet and Orchestra, K 622 (1791) 26’52
1  I. Allegro 12’14
2  II. Adagio 6’38
3  III. Rondo. Allegro 7’52
The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen Florian Donderer – leader
Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, ‘Kegelstatt’, K 498 (1786) 18’41
4  I. Andante 5’41
5  II. Menuetto 5’03
6  III. Rondeaux 7’51
Antoine Tamestit viola · Leif Ove Andsnes piano
7  Allegro for Clarinet and String Quartet
in B flat major, K Anh. 91 (516c) (1787) 7’10 FragmentcompletedbyRobertLevin (Nagels Verlag Kassel [Bärenreiter])
Janine Jansen, Boris Brovtsyn violins, Maxim Rysanov viola, Torleif Thedéen cello
TT:53’43
Martin Fröst basset clarinet and direction [tracks 1–3] / clarinet

BIS-SACD-1863
Dances to a black pipe (2011)
A. Copland: Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra with Harp and Piano (1947–48)
J. Brahms (arr. G. Fröst): Hungarian Dances Nos 1, 12, 13 & 21
G. Fröst: Klezmer Dances for clarinet and strings
W. Lutosławski: Dance Preludes (1955)
Á. Piazzolla: Oblivion for clarinet, solo violin and strings
A. Hillborg: Peacock Tales, chamber version for clarinet solo, piano and strings
F. Högberg: Dancing with Silent Purpose for clarinet, strings and tapeMartin Fröst, clarinet
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Richard Tognetti, conductorBIS-SACD-1863

BIS-SACD-1823
Fröst & friends (2010)
A. Scriabin: Prelude in B major, Op.16 No.1
J.S. Bach / Gounod: Ave Maria
J.S. Bach: Presto from Sonata for solo violin in G minor, BWV1001
J. Brahms: Wie Melodien zieht es mir, Op.105 No.1
Trad.: Let’s Be Happy
N. Rimsky-Korsakov: The Flight of the Bumble Bee Kreisler: Liebesleid
A. Messager: Solo de Concours
S. Rachmaninov: Vocalise
F. Chopin: Nocturne in E flat major, Op.9 No.2
R. Schumann: Dein Angesicht, Op.127 No.2
V. Monti: Csárdás
A. Hillborg: The Peacock Moment
M. Fröst: Improvisation (based on a theme by Malcolm Arnold)
C. Chaplin: Smile
G. Fröst: Brudvals för Karin och Martin
S. Henryson: Off Pist
E. Ahbez: Nature BoyMartin Fröst, clarinetwith Roland Pöntinen, piano; Malena Ernman, mezzo-soprano; Torleif Thedéen, cello; Christian Svarfvar, violin; Åsa Thedéen, violin; Göran Fröst, viola; Svante Henryson, cello/double bass; Hermann Stefánsson, clarinet; Sölve Kingstedt, clarinetBIS-SACD-1823

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Christopher Rouse – Orchestral Music (2008)
Iscariot for chamber orchestra. Clarinet Concerto. Symphony No.1.
Martin Fröst, clarinet. Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Alan Gilbert, conductorBIS 1386

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Crusell – The Three Clarinet Concertos (2008)
Clarinet Concerto in F minor, Op.5. Clarinet Concerto in B flat major, Op.11.Clarinet Concerto in E flat major, Op.1.
Martin Fröst, clarinet. Göteborgs Symfoniker, orchestra. Okko Kamu, concuctor.BIS SACD-1723 disko_nielsen
Nielsen & Aho (2007)
Carl Nielsen Clarinet Concerto. Kalevi Aho Clarinet Concerto.
Martin Fröst, clarinet. Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Osmo Vänskä, conductor.BIS SACD-1462

Reviews

“At last, a modern Nielsen to lead the field”
Gramophone 2007 Editor´s Choice again for Martin Fröst. His Brahms Sonatas was picked for a Gramophone Editor’s Choice, his Weber Concertos was ‘Choc’ in Le Monde de la Musique and ‘Diapason d’Or’ in Diapason … Martin Fröst’s recording of the clarinet concertos by Carl Nielsen and Kalevi Aho, has already met with great acclaim. In the May issue of Gramophone, reviewer David Fanning describes Fröst as “the clarinettist of the moment for all-round artistry allied to adventurous approach to repertoire” and continues:”He seems to have Nielsen’s irascible masterpiece in his bloodstream, as surely as he has its technical contortions under his fingers.” On the disc, Nielsen’s modern classic is coupled with Finnish composer Kalevi Aho’s clarinet concerto, specially written for Martin Fröst in 2004.Greeted as “a work of beguiling beauty and huge excitement” at its London première in 2005, the work is described in the Gramophone review as one of the most “impressive head-on engagements with the concerto medium in recent years”, and the disc itself as being “of rare distinction.” In his own comment, Gramophone’s editor James Inverne characterizes the new release as “Atmospheric and deeply absorbing.”

Gerhard Pätzig, Klassik Heute (26.03.2007):
“Hier werden Maßstäbe gesetzt … Vor allem ist natürlich der traumhaft perfekte Klarinettist Martin Fröst aus Schweden in der Titelrolle der CD hervorzuheben … Wann hat es den Glücksfall solch einer rundum authentischen Ersteinspielung zuletzt gegeben? … Wer wagt jetzt den Bläserwettstreit mit Martin Fröst? Selbst den frühmodernen „Neuklassiker“ der zwanziger Jahre des vorigen Jahrhunderts, das Klarinettenkonzert des dänischen Nationalkomponisten Carl Nielsen (1928), wissen die Protagonisten der vorliegenden CD mit neuen Spannungsfeldern auszustatten … Praktisch und theoretisch hat diese Einspielung alle Chancen, Furore zu machen.”

David Hurwitz, Classics Today.com:
“Intensely lyrical, thematically memorable, and beautifully scored, this piece [Aho] easily should find a home in concert halls throughout the world. Aho has said that he writes melodically because it is still the best tool for the musician to convey the most expressive information in the smallest space; the truth of his observation is evident in every bar of this evocative concerto… The Nielsen Concerto, perhaps the greatest work in the medium, also receives an outstanding performance… This is an excellent release… “

In the May issue of Gramophone, reviewer David Fanning describes Fröst as ‘the clarinettist of the moment for all-round artistry allied to adventurous approach to repertoire’ and continues: ‘He seems to have Nielsen’s irascible masterpiece in his bloodstream, as surely as he has its technical contortions under his fingers.’ On the disc, Nielsen’s modern classic is coupled with Finnish composer Kalevi Aho’s clarinet concerto, specially written for Martin Fröst in 2004. Greeted as ‘a work of beguiling beauty and huge excitement’ at its London première in 2005, the work is described in the Gramophone review as one of the most ‘impressive head-on engagements with the concerto medium in recent years’, and the disc itself as being ‘of rare distinction.’ In his personal comment, Gramophone’s editor James Inverne characterizes the new release as ‘Atmospheric and deeply absorbing.’__The organization The German Record Critics’ Award has also singled out the disc for particular mention, including it on its ‘Bestenliste’, a selection of the best releases of the second quarter of 2007. The disc has furthermore received top marks on German web site Klassik Heute (‘Here new standards are set…’) and was selected as one of the top ten releases of the month in the May issue of French magazine Classica-

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Weber – Clarinet Concertos (2006)
Concerto No.1 in F minor, Op.73. Quintet in B flat major, Op.34. Concerto No.2 in E flat major, Op.74. Concertino in E flat major, Op.26.
Martin Fröst, clarinet. Tapiola Sinfonietta. Jean-Jacques Kantorow, conductor.BIS-SACD-1523

Reviews

CLASSICSTODAY.COM´S 2007 BEST OF THE YEAR
C.M.von Weber  Clarinet  concertos
Fröst just may be the finestclarinetist alive, and this entire production is typical of what wehave come to expect from BIS: stunning sonics, high artistic standards,and intelligent repertoire selection. There is no more exciting label around today.

Artistic Quality 10 / 10 Sound Quality
Dave Hurwitz, December 2006, Classicstoday.com:
This is an absolutely wonderful disc in every way. Weber’s clarinet music is delightful, and it’s hard to imagine it being better played or recorded. Martin Fröst has such a supple, liquid timbre that at times you could almost swear there were words behind the notes, especially in the slow movements of all four works. And few soloists manage to bring such an irrepressible feeling of joy to the virtuoso passages that you can hear, say, in the finale of the Second concerto …There’s no need to go on at length: this is now the reference recording for this music. It defines “state of the art.”

Four Stars
Hugh Canning, 19 November 2006, The Sunday Times:
All four works recorded here were written between 1811 and 1815, when Weber was in his late twenties. High-spirited pieces imbued with the comic spirit of Italian opera buffa in the fast movements, they may not proclaim the masterly orchestrator
of Der Freischütz (1821) and Oberon (1826), but they are deliciously melodic and technically dazzling …

The Swedish clarinettist Martin Frost is wonderfully witty in
the dizzying finale of the Quintet, and his seamless legato really sings in the slow movements. Sheer delight.

John Warrack, February 2006, Gramophone:
A master clarinettist serves up a tempting dish of Weber. Martin Fröst’s style of playing is well suited to Weber: he has a clear, fresh tone and fingers undefeated by even the most sensational of the applause music that ends some of these works. He is not afraid of considerable tempo variations within
a movement, as Weber is on record as having wanted …

These are attractive, exhilarating performances, clearly recorded so as to do justice to the orchestral
effects which were always part of Webert’s exuberant invention.

Colin Anderson, December 2006, classicalsource.com:
All of Weber’s clarinet-and-orchestra music – full of melody, fantasy, and show-stopping antics for the soloist. Martin Fröst plays quite brilliantly – with lyrical intensity, derring-do, a range of dynamics and colours, and he is vividly accompanied. The ‘addition’ is the Clarinet Quintet expanded
from string quartet to string orchestra, a most attractive work. The recorded sound is mellow and ideally balanced.

Sofia Nyblom, 6 December 2006, Svenska Dagbladet:
Världsstjärnan Martin Fröst tar nappatag med Carl Maria von Weber,
tonsättaren som bryggar över gapet mellan Mozart och Rossini med ett
dramatiskt tonspråk präglat av virtuositet och vemod. Konserterna färgas av enorm upptäckarglädje, komponerade under klarinettens första årtionden som soloinstrument. Bombastisk som en buffabaryton, flörtig som en kammarsnärta – Webers röst blir riktigt påträngande i skivans huvudnummer, den första klarinettkonserten från 1811, och överraskar med romantisk tyngdlöshet i den andra konsertens romanza. Orkesterarrangemanget av klarinettkvintetten övertygar mindre, men får bländande lansering av denne solist som uppfinner musiken med varje andetag.

Interpretation: * * * * *
Klangqualität: * * * * *
Stefan Drees, 10 December 2006, klassik.com:

… Der junge schwedische Klarinettist Martin Fröst beherrscht diese Facetten mit Bravour. Zusammen mit der Tapiola Sinfonietta unter Jean-Jacques Kantorow führt er die Zuhörer durch ein wahres Wechselbad der verschiedensten, oft widerstreitenden Gefühle. Sein Vortrag hat eine phänomenale Ausstrahlungskraft und verleiht jeder einzelnen Komposition ein individuelles Gesicht, das im Werkverlauf behutsam modelliert und verändert wird. Nicht nur Ausdruckstiefe und Klangschönheit
regieren hier, sondern auch ein ausgeklügeltes Raffinement bei der klanglichen und dynamischen Abtönung von Läufen und melodischen Phrasen, das sich manchmal anschmiegsam schlanker, manchmal volltönend warmer und manchmal auch schneidend kalter Klanggebung zu bedienen weiß und dabei doch niemals den Bezug zur Logik des Werkganzen oder zum Orchester verliert. Ganz besonders
überzeugt Frösts Art der Phrasierung, die immer nah an dem Vorbild der menschlichen Stimme bleibt und der Musik Facetten einschreibt, die man so bislang kaum gehört hat.

Auch der schlanke, sehr gut durchhörbare Orchesterklang und die hervorragende Balance zwischen Solist und Orchester tragen zu dem gelungenen Eindruck dieser Produktion des schwedischen Labels BIS bei. Wunderschön und in der
klanglichen Wirkung atemberaubend ist etwa der außergewöhnliche Mittelteil aus dem zweiten Satz des f-Moll-Konzerts, der nur vom choralartigen Spiel dreier Hörner und der solistischen Klarinette bestritten wird …

Neben den drei konzertanten Werken enthält die SACD noch Webers Klarinettenquintett B-Dur op. 34 in einer Bearbeitung für Klarinette und
Streichorchester von Jean-Jacques Kantorow … Dennoch bringt Fröst auch dieses Stück zum Erstrahlen, und insbesondere der Klarinetteneinsatz im Kopfsatz sowie die stimmungsvoll gezeichnete ‘Fantasia’ lassen jegliche Einwände vergessen.

Artistique 10 / 10 Technique
Christophe Huss, December 2006, Classicstoday.fr:
Voici un disque extraordinaire qui vous fera passer des fêtes de fin d’année rayonnantes. Le clarinettiste Martin Fröst s’était déjà signalé au sein du catalogue
Bis, mais là il renvoie la très large majorité de la concurrence dans les cordes. Tous les clarinettistes s’attaquent un jour ou l’autre à Weber, une fois qu’ils ont enregistré Mozart, mais la prestation de Fröst va “au-delà de la clarinette”: c’est un concentré d’énergie et de jubilation, de rondeur virevoltante, d’attaques
subtiles et de longues phrases.
Surtout (écoutez la dernière note du 1er Concerto), aucun son n’est poussé. La sonorité est d’une égalité et d’une rondeur parfaite, les arches musicales sont longues sans signe de fatigue. En plus – et ça change de la mode de la “prise de son clinique” – le son de l’instrument est idéalement capté et spatialisé, sans que les prises de souffle de l’interprète s’immiscent dans le plaisir musical. S’ajoutant à la liste des avantages du disque Bis, il y a l’habile orchestration par Jean-Jacques Kantorow du Quintette, qui donne au programme le cossu minutage de 75 minutes. L’accompagnement du violoniste-chef à la tête du Tapiola Sinfonietta
supporte avec rondeur et distinction l’exceptionnelle prestation de Fröst dans un disque irrésistible.

Martin Nyström, November 2006, Dagens Nyheter (Sweden):
Hör hur klarinettstämman gör entré i den andra satsen i den andra klarinettkonserten: vad har den varit med om? Och vad är det för en scen den träder ut på?

Eller hör den andra satsen i den första konserten: vad är det som sker när allt reduceras till en avlägset klingande blåsarserenad?

Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) var en av de tidiga romantikerna och skapade en musik som alltid startar i oro och förtrollning, som leker med gränsen mellan det naturliga och det teatrala (ungefär som hos C J L Almqvist) och har en känsla av namn- och identitetslöshet som sitt magnetiska nav. En undantagszon som
också möjliggör förvandlingens frihet.

Efter att ha spelat in Schumanns, Mozarts och Brahms klarinettmusik, med hänförande resultat, har Martin Fröst nu nått fram till Carl Maria von Webers tre klarinettkonserter (alla från 1811) och den något senare kvintetten i ett stråkorkesterarrangemang. En musik som Fröst spelar lika gäckande och förbjudet vackert som vore han en Tintomara-figur. På gränsen mellan ren natur och total utbytbarhet. Världsklass!

CD CHOICE OF THE YEAR
Martin Nyström, 6 December 2006, Dagens Nyheter (Sweden):
Martin Frösts klarinettspel bli bara mer och mer hänförande. I Carl Maria von Webers tidigt romantiska musik lyfter han fram det underskönt förtrollande och förbjudet gäckande. Som hörde den hemma på en främmande teaterscen i en avlägsen vildmark.
En musik som är lika ironiskt förvandlande som ändlöst längtande. Och som aldrig kan svara på var den befinner sig innan den är på väg någon annanstans.

CD CHOICE OF THE YEAR
Maria Schottenius, 6 December 2006, Dagens Nyheter (Sweden): Sveriges magiker nummer ett. Med klarinetten som trollstav.

Miriam Stumpfe, 4 November 2006, Bayern 4 Klassik:
Der Klarinettist Martin Fröst aus Schweden ist vielleicht der sensibelste Klarinettist, der auf Europas Konzertbühnen gerade unterwegs ist. Der Mittdreißiger weiß um die Kraft, die vom kleinen gewitzten Detail ausgeht und begeisterte in den letzten Jahren schon mit Einspielungen von Mozarts Klarinettenkonzert oder Brahms’
Klarinettenquintett. Jetzt hat er zusammen mit der Tapiola Sinfonietta und Jean-Jacques Kantorow Konzertstücke von Carl Maria von Weber eingespielt und verzaubert auch hier: Beweglich wie Quecksilber ist sein Spiel, duftig, ätherisch,
wechselt aber im Blitztempo auch in verschattetes Vibrato. Mit Hingabe feilt Fröst an jeder noch so schlichten Melodie und mit seiner verspielten Leichtigkeit trifft er dabei genau den richtigen Ton für Webers Klarinetten-Kompositionen.

Dirk Hühner, 13 November 2006, RBB Kulturradio am Mittag:
Das Concertino, die beiden Konzerte und das Quintett werden vom jungen
schwedischen Klarinettisten Martin Fröst mit großartiger Leichtigkeit gespielt. Jenseits aller Freischütz-Düsternis kommt hier eine gutmütige Virtuosität zum Zuge, die mit technischen Finessen kokettiert und in den langsamen Sätzen herrlich
schmachtet. Martin Fröst ist mit seinem vitalen und variablen Spiel voller Überraschungen zu den ganz großen seines Fachs zu zählen.

Martin Fröst wirkt wie frischer Sauerstoff für Webers Klarinettenwerke – selten waren
sie so spritzig und agil zu hören.

KLARINETTENS KONGE MARTIN FRØST
Kjell Hillveg, 3 November 2006, Aftonposten (Norway):
Så har han lagt gullegget nok en gang. Martin Frøst. Dette svenske klarinettspillende miraklet. Fra før har jeg gang på gang i overbegeistrede ordelag priset hans
eksepsjonelle talent. For det er eksepsjonelt. Hvert eneste sekund jeg låner øre til hva den mannen greier å fremskape av ölyderö på sitt instrument, blir jeg helt matt av forundring. Hvordan er det mulig. Hva er det han foretar seg? Jeg har egentlig ikke ord. Jeg tror nesten, som med Mozarts geni, ikke det lar seg forklare. Pusten, eller
sirkelpustteknikken hans, som gjør han i stand til å skape linjer så lange at vi arme lyttere sitter og puster for ham. Tonekvaliteten, dynamikken. Hvordan er det mulig å
kombinere alt til en slik fullkommen musikalsk synergieffekt? Jeg aner ikke. Jeg lar meg bare forføre av dette supertalentet.

(…) Og nå er han altså her igjen med alt hva Carl Maria von Weber skrev for klarinett og orkester. Som bonus gir han oss kammerorkesterversjonen av hans klarinett-kvintett (…) Og når vi hører de nyansene som fremkommer når Martin Frøst presenterer disse verkene, så blir ord egentlig bare fattige elementer. Man må bare
lytte oppmerksomt og intenst. Hans pianissimo er enda mykere enn tidligere. Ja, i den langsomme satsen av Ess-durkonserten forsvinner det nesten. Og i den
langsomme satsen i kvintetten skaper han noe jeg ikke kan huske å ha hørt før. Staccatopassasjer av legatokarakter. Staccato er å støte tonene, mens legato er å binde dem sammen. Her kombinerer handette på en genial måte. Helt egalt sammenhengende. Ufattelig, rett og slett. Det er som å titte på de fineste champagnebobler i et vakkert høystettet krystallglass.

(…) At Webers lange sangbare kantilener også kommer helt til sin rett, er vel unødvendig å nevne når Frøst står på podiet, men kombinert med en superrask fingerferdighet og en fandenivoldsk snert i ansatsen får musikken ekstra dimensjoner.
Med andre ord. Her har vi utvilsomt en av årets mest hørbare utgivelser. Både når det gjelder vakker musikk og begavet musisering. Tapiola Sinfonietta blir dirigert av Jean Jaques Kantorow, som for øvrig er ansvarlig for orkesterarrangementet av kvintetten. Og solist og orkester er fullstendig på bølgelengde. Bravo û bravissimo, Signor Frøst.

Mästerligt av Martin Fröst
Ulf Gustavsson, 17 November 2006, Upsala Nya Tidning:
Carl Maria von Webers musik står mitt i den tyska romantiska traditionen. Hans båda klarinettkonserter från 1811 hör, jämte operan Friskytten, till hans mest spelade verk. I händerna på internationellt etablerade klarinettisten Martin Fröst och finska Tapiola Sinfonietta under Jean-Jacques Kantorow blir dessa konserter älskvärda, sprittande
romantiska sagostycken, på den klassiska sonatformens grund.
Såväl orkestern som Fröst tillför en smidig och lätt rytmik, den senares frasering och melodikänsla i den frikostigt virtuosa soliststämman är exemplarisk, och lyssnarupplevelsen förhöjs av SACD multikanalsljud, vilket är en teknik som svenska
BIS behärskar väl.Som bonus ingår ytterligare klarinettverk av von Weber, däribland en Concertino som också den utstrålar virtuos magi och lyster i Frösts händer.

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Brahms (2005)
Sonata No.1 in F minor for clarinet and piano, Op.120 No.1; Sonata No.2 in E flat major for clarinet and piano, Op.120 No.2; Trio in A minor for clarinet, piano and cello, Op.114.
Martin Fröst, clarinet. Roland Pöntinen, piano. Torleif Thedéen, cello.BIS SACD-1353

Reviews

double-five-star review of Martin Fröst’s recent Brahms recording on BIS, which appears as the ‘Chamber Choice’ disc in the February 06 issue of BBC Music Magazine

Brahms had famously made up his mind to retire as a composer when the playing of the clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld inspired him to write four substantial works for the instrument. Clarinettists don’t always make this change of heart plausible, but the young Swede Martin Fröst plays with elegant phrasing and beautiful, evenly produced tone of a kind that might well have done the trick. In the two sonatas, he’s perfectly matched by his compatriot Roland Pöntinen in performances which capture Brahms’s serious, autumnal mood without undue heaviness: the way they drift with apparently telepathic understanding through the opening of the E flat Sonata is especially memorable, but entirely characteristic. And while some listeners might quibble at Pöntinen’s occasional tendency to lead with his left hand in chordal passages, it seems to me extremely effective in conveying depth without weight.

Among rival recordings of the Sonatas, Kálmán Berkes with Jenö Jandó on Naxos stands out as a useful bargain: but it seems clumsy and sometimes coarse alongside the newcomer. The BIS disc also offers exceptionally fine sound, natural and well balanced, and the considerable bonus of another of Brahms’s late clarinet works, the Trio. Here the cellist Torleif Thedéen proves as adept as his colleagues in producing singing tone and velvet pianissimos, and equally sympathetic to the ageing Brahms’s elusive blend of resigned melancholy and abiding generosity of invention.

PERFORMANCE: 5/5
SOUND 5/5

BBC Music Magazine, february 2006

Martin Fröst’s new recording of Brahms Clarinet Sonatas and Trio with Roland Pöntinen and Torleif Thedéen has earnt fantastic reviews across the board. Gramophone Magazine chose the disc amongst its top 10 Editor’s Choice CD with the comment “Martin Fröst is a young Swedish clarinettist currently making waves on the concert circuit. Here, with imaginative, urgent playing, he shows why.” The BBC Music Magazine chose it as chamber recording of the month with the review ” In the two sonatas, he’s perfectly matched by his compatriot Roland Pöntinen in performances which capture Brahms`serious, autumnal mood without undue heaviness: the way they drift with apparently telepatic understanding through the opening of the E flat Sonata is especially memorable, but entirely characteristic.” Classicstoday.com also chose it as theRecording of the Month and wrote “Martin Fröst is as fine a clarinettist as anyone alive today, and he teams up with two equally superb colleagues in presenting exceptional performances of these three chestnuts of the chamber-music-with-winds repertoire … Fröst plays with a warm, liquid tone, and his intonation is dead accurate. These were magnificent performances, as fine as any available.”

Other reviewers have written with the same alacrity:

“Brahms had basically given up composing, declaring himself empty, when he was introduced to the clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld, and found himself refilled with inspiration. Clarinettists ought to remember this every time they play Brahms’s Sonatas, and ask themselves what kind of magical sound quality and musical expressivity could have been the catalyst for such profoundly beautiful love poems for their instrument?

Martin Fröst knows: his smooth, even tone is deliciously seductive, and he can darken or lighten the sound at will, from velvet warmth with a sensitively applied vibrato, to a soaring clarity that never goes louder than lovely, as they say.

Fröst and Pöntinen approach the Sonatas with a fluidity of phrasing that has to have been carefully rehearsed, yet feels utterly spontaneous, and when they’re joined by cellist Torleif Thedéen for the Clarinet Trio, the sense of nostalgic melancholy deepens. I could write more, but if you’ll excuse me, I’d rather like to be seduced all over again.”
CD of the Week, Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3, CD Review, March 2006

“Martin Fröst and pianist Roland Pöntinen demonstrate the complete artistic beauty of these works. For Brahms it was important to devote himself to intimacy and spirituality rather than sensationalism or big effects. Martin Fröst fulfills the composer’s wish with equal measure of
masterfullness and feeling. His clarinet sings, indulges and dreams. Cellist Torleif Thedéen joins them in the trio where the balance of sound is equally fine and homogenous.”
Katharina Honke, February / March, Crescendo 2006

“The mixture of his nuances results in an exquisite subtlelty. He doesn’t force the sound, nor the phrasing … This disc is a jewel of refinement. ”
Christophe Huss, Classics Today France, February 2006

“The Swedish clarinettist Martin Fröst is one of the most well loved performers of his instrument, and his playing on this disc proves why. He completely grabs you with his interpretation of the clarinet sonatas … an excellent collection of hree lovely Brahms works.”
Luister Magazine, March 2006

“Blandness is something one could certainly never accuse Martin Fröst, Roland Pöntinen and Torleif Thedéen (all artists I admire enormously) of. Whereas most recordings stem from the late-Romantic tradition of setting these autumnal scores in a warm glow, the BIS team are more physically bracing, playing with a rare emotional intensity and passion that carry all before them.”
Julian Haylock, International Record Review, February 2006

“… wonderful, blossoming sound that sweeps you away in torrents of romantic fury, and Mr Fröst brings a young mans’ take to these introspective, intimate works. I would not want to be without this disc, as one can almost see the bemused Brahms watching performers 30 years his junior attempting to grapple with the autumnal emotions of his old age – and heartily approving.”
American Recording Guide, April 2006

“After hearing Martin Fröst’s stellar recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto and Quintet, I expected similarly great things from his new Brahms disc. Fröst doesn’t disappoint … The Swedish clarinetist is never content to issue a steady stream of golden sound. His dynamic range and variety of timbres are always inventive and often striking. The sonatas in particular are finely balanced, with the pianist Roland Pöntinen an equal partner. Rarely have I heard the piano part projected with such clarity. There are moments when Fröst nearly vanishes, playing magical pianissimos in the clarinet’s lowest register, properly registering what Brahms indicates in the score … Fröst’s playing is so assured, his technical command so complete, and his musicianship of such a high caliber that whatever he attempts is convincing.”

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Karin Rehnqvist – Arktis Arktis! (2005)
On a Distant Shore – Concerto for clarinet and orchestra. Beginning, for piano trio. Arktis Arktis! for orchestra. I Himmelen (In Heaven´s Hall) for treble choir and solo voices.
Martin Fröst, clarinet. Adolf Fredrik´s Girls Choir. Kungsbacka Piano Trio.
Svenska Kammarorkestern. Petter Sundkvist, conductor. John Storgårds, conductor. Bo Johansson, conduct

Mozart

Martin Fröst
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