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MOZART: Clarinet Concerto / Clarinet Quintet in A major

MOZART: Clarinet Concerto / Clarinet Quintet in A major

The Classical Shop
release date: May 2011

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2003


Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Oundjian, Peter

Martin Frost


Vertavo String Quartet

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Total Time - 63:30
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MOZART: Clarinet Concerto / Clarinet Quintet in A major



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Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622

1 I. Allegro 12:12
 Oundjian, Peter
2 II. Adagio 6:59
 Oundjian, Peter
3 III. Rondo: Allegro 8:24
 Oundjian, Peter

Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581

4 I. Allegro 13:09
5 II. Larghetto 6:26
6 III. Menuetto - Trio I - Trio II 6:58
7 IV. Allegretto con Variazioni 9:22
 Martin Frost Soloist

Mozart and Martin Fröst make an irresistible pair. Here they present the Clarinet Concerto and the Clarinet Quintet - two unparalleled peaks of the clarinet repertoire - in performances of total commitment and exquisite beauty.

As with all great musicians Martin Fröst’s playing simply compels one to listen. Not that one needs much compelling, for Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto must surely count as the greatest concerto ever written for a wind instrument and the Quintet is non-pareil chamber music. But like the great musician that he is, Martin Fröst makes one listen afresh, makes one discover new aspects of the "familiar" music. He is helped in this by the choice of partners. The Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam, whose Mendelssohn recordings for BIS were so enthusiastically received, seem totally at one with the soloist while the understanding between the Vertavo Quartet and Martin Fröst is particularly evident in the cut and thrust of the quintet.

The SACD recording - allowing a surround sound option for those with the required set-up - really does benefit the music. The range of pianissimo (and below) colours that Martin Fröst conjures up is miraculous and is beautifully reproduced by this album. Indeed one is reminded by the claims made by a critic of Mozart’s time on hearing the great Anton Stadler perform the concerto. ‘You deserve my thanks, brave virtuoso! I would never have thought that a clarinet can imitate a human voice as effectively as the way you play it. For your instrument has such a soft and attractive tone that it is irresistible to anyone who has a heart.’ (The cadenzas recorded on this album were not heard at the time, for they are Martin Fröst’s own!)

"Better recorded performances of these towering masterpieces may exist, but I have never heard them. In their technical proficiency, style consciousness and broad, yet never exaggerated emotional range, they shine as major achievements."

International Record Review - January 2004

’The ultimate recording of the concerto’ , as chosen in a blind test.

Classica-Répertoire -  March 2005

"A superb, even stunning, performance and recording of some of the greatest of Mozart’s music"

Paul Shoemaker - Classical MusicWeb

"Frost-Oundjian with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta has an unquenchable fascination because of the colors of the basset clarinet, partaitement highlighted by a sound recording of a rare precision ... And what creativity on the part of Frost who takes risks and seems constantly improvising, to discover the score bar by bar!"

Classica-Répertoire -  March 2005

"Martin Frost is a most excellent clarinetist, clean, lively, with an incredible range of resources."

CD Compact - April 2004

"A new bench mark for the Quintet."

Classica-Répertoire - June 2004

                           Artistic Quality 10        Sound Quality 10

"In no small part aided by the redoubtable Amsterdam Sinfonietta and Vertavo String Quartet, Fröst steals the show with his sultry tone, sensitive phrasing, and utterly beguiling close to perfection as we have any right to expect."


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