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MARTIN FRÖST RECEIVES THE SONNING MUSIC PRIZE


MARTIN FRÖST RECEIVES THE SONNING MUSIC PRIZE 

Martin Frøst is a popular guest at concerts in Norway, all the time since his sensationel Norway debut at the Risør Chambermusic Fest many years ago, is he still returning. This photo is from his resent concert in Bærum Kulturhus, relaxed together with Tore Johansen from Bærum Kuturhus, after having signed the poster from that evenings concert together with the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra. The same orchesra he shall concert with in Oslo 13. and 14. May. Foto Henning Høholt- 2014

AND RELEASE BRAHMS CHAMBER MUSIC ALBUM ON BIS

 

COPENHAGEN/DENMARK: On May 10, the Swedish clarinetist Martin Fröst will receive the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in Copenhagen making him the third Swede in the history of the prize to be awarded,  following the footsteps of his illustrious Swedish predecessors, Birgit Nilsson and Eric Ericson. First given in 1959 to Igor Stravinsky, subsequent recipients have included Birgit Nilsson, Eric Ericson, Leonard Bernstein, Olivier Messiaen, Miles Davis and most recently Sir Simon Rattle. The entire list of winners reads as the whose who of musical history and for Martin Fröst to receive the award is an immense honour. 

At a prize ceremony Saturday night in Copenhagen’s new concert hall, Martin Fröst will perform Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto alongside works by Danish composer Bent Sørensen and Swedish composer Anders Hillborg together with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra.  Just 5km across town the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest will be playing out across the world in a musical frenzy of a slightly different nature.

Coinciding with the prize, BIS will release Martin Fröst’s new Johannes Brahms chamber music CD featuring the Clarinet Quintet, Trio and songs arranged for clarinet by Fröst himself. Partnering him are his regular collaborators Janine Jansen, Boris Brovtsyn, Maxim Rysanov, Torleif Thedéen and Roland Pöntinen

Martin Frøst after his concert at Théâtre des Champs Élysées in 2013. Foto Henning Høholt

Fröst’s 2013 release of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, recorded with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, was chosen amongst the Top 10 CDs of the year by the Sunday Times which commented “arguably the world’s greatest clarinetist … reveling in the virtuosity, wit and pathos of Mozart’s last orchestral work”. Following his Carnegie Hall performance of the Mozart concerto in December 2013, the New York Times wrote“Mr Frost exhibited a virtuosity and musicianship unsurpassed by any clarinetist – perhaps any instrumentalist – in my memory”.

Martin Fröst gives two concerts of repertoire ranging from Mozart to the Danish composer Bent Sørensen as part of the Sonning Prize celebrations in Copenhagen, following which he joins members of the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra for performances of the Brahms Clarinet Quintet in Oslo (May 13 & 14),concluding his season as Guest Artistic Leader with the ensemble.

On May 28 Fröst will perform Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto at the Vienna Konzerthaus together with Jonathan Nott and the Bamberger Symphoniker and on August 4 he returns to New York for the Mostly Mozart Festival at the Lincoln Center.
With the start of the 2014 / 15 season Martin Fröst embarks on three new year-long residencies at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Göteborg’s Konserthus and London’s Wigmore Hall and in February 2015 he will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Vinterfest – the immensely successful chamber music festival which he founded together with the Dala Sinfonietta in the heart of Sweden, set against the vast expanse of the frozen Dalarna, winter landscape.
A complete list of the Brahms CD repertoire & upcoming performances are listed below.

 

MARTIN FRÖST RECEIVES THE SONNING MUSIC PRIZE
AND RELEASE BRAHMS CHAMBER MUSIC ALBUM ON BIS

Martin Frøst plays Brahms: http://www.bis.se/index.php

CD RELEASE: MAY 2014 BIS-2063 | SACD EAN 7318599920634 TT: 78’55
Johannes Brahms
Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115
Trio in A minor, Op. 114
Songs for clarinet and piano (arr. Fröst)
Die Mainacht; Mädchenlied;
Immer leiser wird mein Schlummer;
Wie Melodien zieht es mir;
Vergebliches Ständchen;
Feldeinsamkeit

Martin Fröst – clarinet
Janine Jansen & Boris Brovtsyn – violins
Maxim Rysanov – viola
Torlief Thedéen – cello
Roland Pöntinen – piano

 

CONCERTS
10 May 2014 CONCERT HALL – COPENHAGEN,
AWARD CEREMONY SONNING MUSIC PRIZE
Bent Sørensen: Serenidad. Concerto for Clarinet
Anders Hillborg: Peacock Tales
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto
13 & 14 May 2014 OSLO, NORWAY
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581
with members of Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
23 May 2014 KONZERTHAUS WIEN
28 May 2014 MOZARTFEST WÜRZBURG
Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A major K622
Bamberger Symphoniker
Conductor: Jonathan Nott

21 & 22 June 2014 FESTSPIELE MECKLENBURG-VORPOMMERN
Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie
Conductor: Igor Levit

26 & 27 June 2014 NDR – HANNOVER
Hillborg: Concerto for Clarinet “Peacock Tales”
NDR Radiophilharmonie
Conductor: Eivind Gullberg Jensen

4 August 2014 LINCOLN CENTER– NEW YORK
Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581
Emerson String Quartet

11-17 August 2014 STAVANGER CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
21 August 2014 CONCERTGEBOUW – AMSTERDAM
Mozart: Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K622
Hague Philharmonic
Conductor: Santtu-Matthias Rouvali

11 & 14 September 2014 KONSERTHUSET- GOTHENBURG,
START OF YEAR LONG RESIDENCY

Copland: Concerto for clarinet Artie Shaw: 

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra 

16 September 2014 WIGMORE HALL – LONDON,
START OF YEAR LONG RESIDENCY

Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A major, K581
Brahms: Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115
Apollon Musagete

19 September 2014 CINCINNATI
Mozart: Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K622
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Louis Langree

9 October 2014 ST PAUL
Mozart: Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K622
St Paul Chamber Orchestra

22,23 & 24 October 2014 KONSERTHUSET- GOTHENBURG,
“Dollhouse”
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

28 November 2014 VICTORIA HALL, GENEVA
Weber: Concerto for Clarinet No. 1 in F minor,
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Conductor: Neeme Järvi

3 December 2014 TONHALLE, ZURICH
Nielsen: Clarinet Concerto
Tonhalle Zurich Orchestra
Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt

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