Fröst & Friends: Encores

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Fröst & Friends: Encores

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BIS

Catalogue No:

BISSACD1823
(BIS-SACD-1823)

Discs:

1

Release date:

31st Aug 2010

Barcode:

7318599918235

Length:

63 minutes

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SACD (download also available)

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Hybrid Multi-channel
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Fröst & Friends: Encores


Bach, J S:

Presto from Sonata for solo violin in G minor

Brahms:

Wie Melodien zieht es mir, Op. 105 No. 1

Chaplin, C:

Smile from 'Modern Times'

Chopin:

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9 No. 2

Fröst, G:

Brudvals för Karin och Martin

Fröst, M:

Improvisation (based on a theme by Malcolm Arnold)

Gounod:

Ave Maria

Henryson:

Off Pist

eden ahbez

Nature Boy

Hillborg:

The Peacock Moment

Kreisler:

Liebesleid

Messager:

Solo de concours

Monti, V:

Csárdás

Rachmaninov:

Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14

Rimsky Korsakov:

Flight of the Bumble Bee

Schumann:

Dein Angesicht, Op. 127 No. 2

Scriabin:

Prelude, Op. 11 No. 16 in B flat minor

trad.:

Let’s Be Happy


Martin Fröst (clarinet) with Roland Pöntinen (piano), Malena Ernman (mezzo-soprano), Torleif Thedéen (cello), Christian Svarfvar (violin), Åsa Thedéen (violin), Göran Fröst (viola), Svante Henryson (cello/double bass), Hermann Stefánsson (clarinet) & Sölve Kingstedt (clarinet)

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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.

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 while Svante Henryson, also a cellist, plays in his own duo piece Off Pist.

“His virtuosity lies in his exceptional dexterity and agility…and in his daring control of the instrument’s dynamic and expressive extremes.” The Times

Roland Pontinen: 5 Preludes, Op. 16 (arr. R. Pontinen and M. Frost)

5 Preludes, Op. 16: No. 1 in B major (arr. R. Pontinen and M. Frost)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Ave Maria (arr. for clarinet and cello)

Ave Maria (arr. for clarinet and cello)

Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 (arr. for clarinet)

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: IV. Presto (arr. for clarinet)

Johannes Brahms: 5 Lieder, Op. 105 (arr. for clarinet)

5 Lieder, Op. 105: No. 1. Wie Melodien zieht es mir (arr. for clarinet and piano)

Traditional: Let's Be Happy (arr. G. Frost)

Let's Be Happy (arr. G. Frost)

Malena Ernman: Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57 (arr. R. Pontinen, M. Frost and M. Ernman)

Tale of Tsar Saltan, Op. 57: III. Flight of the Bumblebee (arr. R. Pontinen, M. Frost and M. Ernman)

Martin Frost: Liebesleid (arr. R. Pontinen and M. Frost)

Liebesleid (arr. R. Pontinen and M. Frost)

Andre Messager: Solo de concours

Solo de concours

Sergei Rachmaninov: 14 Songs, Op. 34 (arr. L. Rose)

14 Songs, Op. 34: No. 14. Vocalise in E minor (arr. L. Rose)

Roland Pontinen: Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2 (arr. R. Pontinen and M. Frost)

Nocturne No. 2 in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2 (arr. R. Pontinen and M. Frost)

Robert Schumann: 5 Lieder und Gesange, Op. 127 (arr. for clarinet and piano)

5 Lieder und Gesange, Op. 127: No. 2. Dein Angesicht (arr. for clarinet and piano)

Roland Pontinen: Csardas (arr. R. Pontinen and M. Frost)

Csardas (arr. R. Pontinen and M. Frost)

Anders Hillborg: Pafagelsogonblick

Pafagelsogonblick

Martin Frost: Improvisation (after M. Arnold)

Improvisation (after M. Arnold)

Charles Chaplin: Modern Times: Smile (arr. R. Pontinen)

Modern Times: Smile (arr. R. Pontinen)

Goran Frost: Brudvals for Karin och Martin

Brudvals for Karin och Martin

Svante Henryson: Off Pist

Off Pist

Eden Ahbez: Nature Boy (arr. for clarinet, cello and double bass)

Nature Boy (arr. for clarinet, cello and double bass)

BBC Music Magazine

November 2010

*****

“Obviously a must for clarinettists; but other performers, and listeners too, will enjoy this demonstration of what can be achieved with impeccable technique, a fertile imagination and a light touch.”

Gramophone Magazine

November 2010

“This disc not only presents the brilliant Swedish clarinettist Martin Fröst in a dazzling range of encore pieces but, with the help of his own explanatory notes, also provides a charming potted autobiography...altogether a wonderful showcase for a superb artist.”

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