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Crusell - The Three Clarinet Concertos

Composer Bernhard Henrik Crusell
Performer Martin Fröst
Gothenburg Symphony
Okko Kamu, conductor
Period Classical
Catalogue Number BIS-1723 SACD
EAN 7318599917238
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Nov 2008
Total time 66'19


BBC Music Magazine: Choice of the Month; Klassik Heute: outstanding; Swedish Svenska Dagbladet: Best recording of 2008.

On the strength of his fine musicianship, his unusually inspiring and often unconventional performances and a long series of highly acclaimed recordings, Martin Fröst has become recognized as one of today’s most interesting performers. In concert as well as on disc he covers a wide spectrum of styles and periods, from Kalevi Aho and Christopher Rouse, to Carl Nielsen, Brahms, Schumann and, of course, Mozart. His 2003 recording of Mozart’s clarinet concerto was an amazing critical – and popular! – success, which he followed up with last year’s disc of works by C.M. von Weber, by many reviewers claimed to be the finest recordings of these oft-recorded works. Martin Fröst’s latest discs consists of the three concertos by Bernhard Henrik Crusell, the almost exact contemporary of Weber. Born in what is now Finland, Crusell joined the Swedish court orchestra in Stockholm at the age of only 15. Largely self-taught both as a clarinettist and composer, he did visit Berlin and Paris briefly, but his main sphere of activity was Stockholm. He nevertheless developed a reputation on the continent as one of the greatest virtuosos on the clarinet, and his three concertos were printed by prestigious publishing houses in Leipzig. Charming, spirited and often songful, these works also make great demands on the performer, demands which Martin Fröst is the equal of, here with the fine support of the Gothenburg Symhpony Orchestra and conductor Okko Kamu.
 
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  Bernhard Henrik Crusell
  Clarinet Concerto in F minor, Op.5 21'54
01 I. Allegro 10'44
02 II. Andante pastorale 5'20
03 III. Rondo. Allegretto 5'50
 
  Clarinet Concerto in B flat major, Op.11 23'01
04 I. Allegro risoluto 9'56
05 II. Andante moderato 6'00
06 III. Alla polacca 7'05
 
  Clarinet Concerto in E flat major, Op.1 19'46
07 I. Allegro 10'08
08 II. Adagio 3'34
09 III. Rondo. Allegretto 6'04
 
  Album total 66'19
ComposerCrusell, Bernhard Henrik
ClarinetFröst, Martin
OrchestraGothenburg Symphony Orchestra
ConductorKamu, Okko

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