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Fröst & Friends

IRR Outstanding, Intl Record Review; 10/10/10
Empfehlung des Monats, Fono Forum; 5 Diapasons, Diapason; CD des Monats & Audiophiles Highlight des Monats, Stereo

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. 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 to 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.
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  Alexander Scriabin
01 Prelude in B major, Op.16 No.1 3'03
  Johann Sebastian Bach
02 Ave Maria 2'32
  Johann Sebastian Bach
03 Presto from Sonata for solo violin in G minor, BWV1001 3'15
  Johannes Brahms
04 Wie Melodien zieht es mir, Op.105 No.1 2'02
05 Let’s Be Happy 3'23
  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  The Flight of the Bumble-bee
06 The Flight of the Bumble-Bee 1'07
  Fritz Kreisler
07 Liebesleid 3'41
  André Messager
08 Solo de Concours 5'40
  Sergei Rachmaninov
09 Vocalise 6'08
  Fryderyk Chopin
10 Nocturne in E flat major, Op.9 No.2 4'42
  Robert Schumann
11 Dein Angesicht, Op.127 No.2 2'21
  Vittorio Monti
12 Csárdás 4'52
  Anders Hillborg
13 The Peacock Moment (Påfågelsögonblick) 1'08
  Martin Fröst
14 Improvisation (based on a theme by Malcolm Arnold) 2'26
  Charles Chaplin
15 Smile 4'02
  Göran Fröst
16 Brudvals för Karin och Martin 3'07
  Svante Henryson
17 Off Pist 4'33
  eden ahbez
18 Nature Boy 2'38
  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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