Martin Fröst plays Mozart

Concerto in A major for Clarinet and Orchestra, K 622. Trio for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, ‘Kegelstatt’, K 498 (completed by Robert Levin) Allegro for Clarinet and String Quartet in B flat major, K Anh.91 (516c)

Swedish clarinetist, Martin Fröst first recorded Mozart’s Concerto in A major in 2003 with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta. It was his debut release on BIS and has since proved to be one of the label’s best selling discs. In the intervening decade Fröst has explored all the core repertoire for his instrument and commissioned new works by composers including Kalevi Aho, Rolf Martinsson and Bent Sørensen. He has established an international performing career which, this season, takes him to Paris (Théatre des Champs Elysées), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Leipzig (Gewandhaus), Berlin (Philharmonie), Frankfurt (Alte Oper), London (Wigmore Hall), New York (Carnegie Hall), Washington, Boston and San Francisco as well as on tour in Australia as soloist with the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

With this, his second recording of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, Martin Fröst plays and directs the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and in the couplings he has joined forces with friends and regular chamber music partners; Leif Ove Andsnes and Antoine Tamestit partner him in the so-called Kegelstatt Trio, and Janine Jansen, Boris Brovtsyn, Maxim Rysanov and Torleif Thedéen join him in the rarely heard Allegro for Clarinet and String Quartet, K Anh.91. Probably composed in 1787 – two years before the famous Quintet in A major for the same forces – the Allegro, in the extant autograph manuscript, breaks off after just 93 bars. If Mozart actually completed the movement and for what purpose he intended it isn’t known, but the completion made by Robert Levin adds to the modern clarinetist’s repertoire a work of great imagination that would otherwise have gone forgotten.

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