Kari Kriikku’s passion for traditional folk music shines through his new album ’Bizarre Bazaar’. The eclectic programme showcases the use of the clarinet in Jewish klezmer, Portuguese fado, Argentinean tango and Arab music. "I have followed my instincts in gradually bringing together works from various cultures that have impressed me on my travels and then unabashedly adapted those works for concert use," says Kari Kriikku who performs here with the chamber orchestra Tapiola Sinfonietta and additional oud, qanun and laud players. The Finnish press praised their live performances as "vibrantly energetic and entertaining" (Helsingin Sanomat).
Hailed by press and public as one of the world’s foremost clarinettists, Kari Kriikku is celebrated for his musical inventiveness and fresh attitude towards traditional performance. His versatility covers numerous periods, ranging from Mozart to contemporary music - he has been a muse to living composers such as Magnus Lindberg, Jukka Tiensuu and Kimmo Hakola.
Artistic Quality 10 Sound Quality 9 Overall Impression 9
Stefan Pieper - Klassik-Heute.com - 21 September 2009
Diverdi Magazine - July/August 2010