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Martin Fröst - Dances to a Black Pipe

Composer Johannes Brahms
Aaron Copland
Göran Fröst
Anders Hillborg
Fredrik Högberg
Witold Lutoslawski
Astor Piazzolla
Performer Martin Fröst
Australian Chamber Orchestra
Richard Tognetti, conductor
Period Romantic
Catalogue Number BIS-1863 SACD
EAN 7318599918631
Format SACD Hybrid

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

Release date Nov 2011
Total time 81'40

Music Web International: Recording of the Month February 2012; International Record Review: Oustanding February 2012; Opus Haute Définition: outstanding, October 2012: "This remarkable recording, not to be missed, distinguishes itself further from other releases by ending as it began, that is with the Concerto by Copland, with the finale and coda of the original version. This release is necessary to any collection".

Martin Fröst isn’t just one of the major clarinettists of our time – he is also an intrepid adventurer who challenges conventional notions of how classical music should be presented. He has played Bach-Gounod’s Ave Maria while doing figures-of-eight on roller-skates, performed the part of dancing soloist (wearing a bird’s mask) in Anders Hillborg’s clarinet concerto Peacock Tales, and is constantly giving new proof of his curiosity when it comes to repertoire that defies genres. True to form, he here presents, with the internationally acclaimed Australian Chamber Orchestra, a wide-ranging selection of works which are all related to dance. Hillborg has made a chamber version, previously unrecorded, of his acclaimed concerto, while his colleague Fredrik Högberg has composed Dancing with Silent Purpose, a work which in concert is performed against a back-drop projection of a choreographic video. Göran Fröst, the brother of the soloist, has arranged a selection of Brahms’ ever-popular Hungarian Dances for clarinet and strings, and has also composed Klezmer Dances, with elements of Eastern European klezmer music. These Swedish composers are joined by international masters such as Lutosławski, who based his Dance Preludes on rhythms from Polish folk music, and Aaron Copland, whose Clarinet Concerto was composed for Benny Goodman, ‘the King of Swing’ – especially for this disc, Martin Fröst has recorded the rarely heard, dazzling original coda to the work. Not forgetting the great Latin American dance tradition, he also performs the infinitely expressive Oblivion by the giant of modern tango, Astor Piazzolla.
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  Aaron Copland
  Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra with Harp and Piano (1947-48) 23'52
01 Slowly and expressively - Cadenza - 8'15
02 Transition - Rather fast 7'48
  Johannes Brahms
  Hungarian Dances, arr. for clarinet and strings by Göran Fröst 5'17
03 No.12. Presto 2'29
04 No.13. Andantino grazioso - Vivace - Andantino grazioso 1'28
05 No.1. Allegro molto 3'02
06 No.21. Vivace - Più presto 1'20
  Göran Fröst
  Klezmer Dances for clarinet and strings
07 Cadenza - Allegro - Cadenza - Vivace 3'57
  Witold Lutoslawski
  Dance Preludes, second version, 1955 8'58
08 1. Allegro molto 0'49
09 2. Andantino 2'41
10 3. Allegro giocoso 1'07
11 4. Andante 3'02
12 5. Allegro molto - Presto 1'19
  Astor Piazzolla
13 Oblivion for clarinet, solo violin and strings 4'16
  Anders Hillborg
  Peacock Tales, Chamber version
14 Peacock Tales 19'04
  Fredrik Högberg
  Dancing with Silent Purpose 10'35
15 1. I´m afraid of the dark 2'21
16 2. Expressive Rage 1'23
17 3. Full tape cadenza with additional strings 2'43
18 4. Invisible Purpose 4'08
  Aaron Copland
  Concerto for Clarinet and String Orchestra with Harp and Piano (1947-48) 23'52
19 Transition - Rather fast with original version of coda 7'49
  Album total 81'40
ComposerBrahms, Johannes
Copland, Aaron
Fröst, Göran
Hillborg, Anders
Högberg, Fredrik
Lutoslawski, Witold
Piazzolla, Astor
OrchestraAustralian Chamber Orchestra
ClarinetFrost (Fröst), Martin
ConductorTognetti, Richard

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