Clarinet Concertos

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WEBER
Clarinet Concertos
Martin Frost (clarinet) / Tapiola Sinfonietta / Jean-Jacques Kantorow

[ BIS SACD / Hybrid SACD ]

Release Date: Tuesday 1 October 2013

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"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."
10 [sound] 10 [performance] ClassicsToday

Hybrid Disc (SACD Surround / SACD Stereo / CD Stereo)

MARBECKS CLASSICAL STAFF PICK 2007

"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."
10 [sound] 10 [performance] ClassicsToday

Like Mozart with Anton Stadler and later Brahms with his Richard Mühlfeld, Carl Maria von Weber could also call upon an exceptional clarinettist: Heinrich Baermann, who inspired all of the works on this disc. Although they were written before Weber had composed Der Freischütz, the opera which made him an instant star of early Romantic music, they are now among his most played works. The Concertino and the two Concertos were all composed in 1811, in an almost-frenzy that testifies to the inspiration Weber must have experienced when first hearing Baermann. This is also audible in the music which showcases the instrument's technical capabilities and displays its richness of colours, while providing it with gripping moments in aria-like slow movements and virtuosic and vivacious finales. To perform these works an all-round musician is needed: someone like Baermann - or like Martin Fröst! With his latest release on BIS - chamber works by Brahms (BIS-SACD-1353) - Fröst captured the hearts and ears of both audiences and reviewers, as testified by a number of distinctions and by the following quote: '[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 … I could write more, but if you'll excuse me, I'd rather like to be seduced all over again.' (Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3: CD Review). Before that, Fröst's take on Mozart's Concerto and Quintet (BIS-SACD-1263) caused similar reactions, for instance in International Record Review: 'Better recorded performances of these towering masterpieces may exist, but I have never heard them. In their technical proficiency, style consciousness and broad, yet never exaggerated emotional range, they shine as major achievements.'

Tracks:

Clarinet Concerto No.1 in F minor, Op.73
Clarinet Concerto No.2 in E flat major, Op.74
Quintet in B flat major for clarinet and strings, Op.34 (arranged for string orchestra)
Concertino in E flat major for clarinet and orchestra, Op.26

View a complete listing of releases by Martin Fröst on BIS