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Fröst & Friends

A calendar filled with orchestral concerts and chamber recitals in many of the world's most prestigious venues has given the clarinettist Martin Fröst ample opportunity to develop a wide range of encores, for every occasion. Known for the imaginatively themed concert programmes he devises with various musician friends, he has also explored a number of musical genres. These aspects of his artistry are both demonstrated on this constantly engaging disc, which includes immortal gems such as Rachmaninov's Vocalise and Kreisler's Liebeslied as well as pieces rather less usual in a classical context: Charlie Chaplin's Smile and the klezmer traditional Let's Be Happy rubbing shoulders with an improvisation over the Nat King Cole standard Nature Boy. Throughout the programme Fröst receives the expert support of the pianist Roland Pöntinen, a chamber music partner of long standing who has also been involved in devising many of the imaginative arrangements, for instance of Vittorio Monti's Csárdás. Three other musical companions of Fröst's make cameo appearances, with mezzo-soprano Malena Ernman joining the clarinet in the head-long flight of not one, but two bumble-bees. Torleif Thedéen's cello sings a heartfelt Ave Maria above the gyrating accompaniment of Fröst's clarinet, while Svante Henryson, also a cellist, plays in his own duo piece Off Pist, in which the clarinet and cello chase each other up and down alpine slopes. Martin Fröst's spectacular career on disc began in 1995, with one of his first CD reviews, in In Tune Magazine, describing him as 'A Swedish Clarinet Star', and continuing 'Fröst has everything - including genius'. More than 10 discs later his recording of Bernard Crusell's three clarinet concertos caused the reviewer in French Classica-Répertoire to remark that 'in every movement his playing hits upon the appropriate elegance, the perfect phrasing, the true colour, the required virtuosity, the necessary playfulness ... as he pursues his musical intentions all the way' - a description that could equally well be applied to the present disc!
Extra material for download
  Composer: Scriabin, Alexander
01 Prelude in B major, Op.16 No.1 03:03 $ 0.64 USD
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
02 Ave Maria 02:32 $ 0.53 USD
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
03 Presto from Sonata for solo violin in G minor, BWV1001 03:15 $ 0.68 USD
  Composer: Brahms, Johannes
04 Wie Melodien zieht es mir, Op.105 No.1 02:02 $ 0.43 USD
  Composer: Traditional
05 Let’s Be Happy 03:23 $ 0.71 USD
  Composer: Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai
  The Flight of the Bumble-bee
06 The Flight of the Bumble-Bee 01:07 $ 0.23 USD
  Composer: Kreisler, Fritz
07 Liebesleid 03:41 $ 0.77 USD
  Composer: Messager, André
08 Solo de Concours 05:40 $ 1.19 USD
  Composer: Rachmaninov, Sergei
09 Vocalise 06:08 $ 1.29 USD
  Composer: Chopin, Fryderyk
10 Nocturne in E flat major, Op.9 No.2 04:42 $ 0.99 USD
  Composer: Schumann, Robert
11 Dein Angesicht, Op.127 No.2 02:21 $ 0.49 USD
  Composer: Monti, Vittorio
12 Csárdás 04:52 $ 1.02 USD
  Composer: Hillborg, Anders
13 The Peacock Moment (Påfågelsögonblick) 01:08 $ 0.24 USD
  Composer: Fröst, Martin
14 Improvisation (based on a theme by Malcolm Arnold) 02:26 $ 0.51 USD
  Composer: Chaplin, Charles
15 Smile 04:02 $ 0.85 USD
  Composer: Fröst, Göran
16 Brudvals för Karin och Martin 03:07 $ 0.65 USD
  Composer: Henryson, Svante
17 Off Pist 04:33 $ 0.96 USD
  Composer: ahbez, eden
18 Nature Boy 02:38 $ 0.55 USD
  Album total 64:04
PianoPöntinen, Roland
ClarinetFröst, Martin
Stefánsson, Hermann
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
Brahms, Johannes
Chaplin, Charles
Chopin, Fryderyk
Fröst, Göran
Fröst, Martin
Henryson, Svante
Hillborg, Anders
Kreisler, Fritz
Messager, André
Monti, Vittorio
Rachmaninov, Sergei
Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai
Schumann, Robert
Scriabin, Alexander
ahbez, eden
CelloHenryson, Svante
Thedéen, Torleif
ViolinSvarfvar, Christian
Thedéen, Åsa
Double bassHenryson, Svante
ViolaFröst, Göran
Mezzo-sopranoErnman, Malena

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