Described earlier this season by The Sunday Times as “the world’s greatest clarinetist” and by The New York Times as possessing “a virtuosity and musicianship unsurpassed by any clarinetist — perhaps any instrumentalist — in living memory”, Martin’s first disc for Sony will see him perform as both conductor and soloist and will be recorded with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra at the Konserthuset in Stockholm. The album is set for release in January 2016.
On signing the contract, Sony Classical’s President Bogdan Roscic said: “Seeing and hearing Martin Fröst is one of the strongest experiences classical music offers at the moment. Audiences around the world react to it with an enthusiasm bordering on euphoria. Martin is able to convey an overwhelming sense of being taken closer to the music’s essence and has found ways of expressing that which are quite unique in our business. He has already built a remarkable discography and we are very proud that he has chosen to continue it on Sony Classical.”
Martin Fröst comments: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining such an important and iconic label as Sony Classical and feel honoured to be signing as an exclusive artist at a time which also marks the beginning of a new and exciting period for me musically. Our first collaboration will form a part of my new multi-year project “Genesis”, a project that I will be performing with a number of orchestras around the world and that will focus on the sources of classical music and the exploration of how we can open new doors into the future. I am really excited about sharing our ideas and working together on what I hope will be new, innovative and creative projects.”
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