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.