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Essential Highlights Of Kari Kriikku

Audio Samples

>Molter, Johann Melchior : Concerto for Clarinet no 1 in A major, MWV6/41
>Molter, Johann Melchior : Concerto for Clarinet no 3 in G major, MWV6/40
>Molter, Johann Melchior : Concerto for Clarinet no 4 in D major, MWV6/39
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K. 622
>Crusell, Bernhard Henrik : Concerto for clarinet & orchestra no 3 in B flat major, Op. 11
>Crusell, Bernhard Henrik : Concerto for clarinet & orchestra no 2 in F minor, Op. 5
>Crusell, Bernhard Henrik : Concerto for clarinet & orchestra no 1 in E flat major, Op. 1

Album Summary

>Molter, Johann Melchior : Concerto for Clarinet no 1 in A major, MWV6/41
>Molter, Johann Melchior : Concerto for Clarinet no 3 in G major, MWV6/40
>Molter, Johann Melchior : Concerto for Clarinet no 4 in D major, MWV6/39
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K. 622
>Crusell, Bernhard Henrik : Concerto for clarinet & orchestra no 3 in B flat major, Op. 11
>Crusell, Bernhard Henrik : Concerto for clarinet & orchestra no 2 in F minor, Op. 5
>Crusell, Bernhard Henrik : Concerto for clarinet & orchestra no 1 in E flat major, Op. 1
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Notes & Reviews:

On the occasion of its 25th anniversary in 2010, Ondine releases a series of five two-fers, featuring each two best-selling CD titles from its back catalog. The focus is on five star artists: sopranos Soile Isokoski and Karita Mattila, baritone Jorma Hynninen, violinist Pekka Kuusisto, and clarinetist Kari Kriikku. This anniversary edition is limited and special-priced: 2 CDs for less than the price of 1.



Reviews

Kari Kriikku, clarinet
Kari Kriikku has established an interesting and versatile career both as a soloist and as a chamber musician. The standard classical repertoire for clarinet being relatively small, the Avanti! and Toimii ensembles have provided him with a natural forum for the interpretation of contemporary music and performances that break with the conventional concert format. -------------------------------------- Kriikku has worked in close partnership with composers and premiered a number of works. Highly-acclaimed concertos have been written specially for him by, among others, Magnus Lindberg, Kimmo Hakola, Jukka Tiensuu and Jouni Kaipainen. Kriikku has so far given over 40 performances of the concerto Puro by Tiensuu. He has, in the course of his solo engagements, made the acquaintance of the London Sinfonietta and the Ensemble Intercontemporain, as of the BBC SO, the Stockholm and Oslo Philharmonics, the CBSO, the Frankfurt RSO, and the Los Angeles and Toronto Symphonies, and he has worked with such conductors as Alan Gilbert, Sakari Oramo, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Semyon Bychkov, Susanna Mälkki and Osmo Vänskä. ---------------------------------------- Kari Kriikku has not, however, received critical acclaim for his concert and disc performances of contemporary music only: his recording of the Complete Weber Concertos with Sakari Oramo and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra is considered one of the best (ODE 895-2, released in 1997). In spring 2000 this partnership continued with a recording of the Crusell Clarinet Concertos that elicited glowing international reviews (ODE 965-2). Kriikku's rendition of works for clarinet by Kimmo Hakola was awarded the Finnish Janne Prize (ODE 960-2). --------------------------------------- In the chamber music field, Kari Kriikku has worked with the Arditti, New Helsinki, Avanti!, Borodin and Jean Sibelius Quartets and such musicians as Natalia Gutman, Alexei Lubimov and Yuri Bashmet. Artistic Director of the Crusell Week in Uusikaupunki (Finland) between 1994 and 1999, Kari Kriikku has held the corresponding post with the Avanti! Chamber Orchestra since the end of 1998.
Submitted on 08/22/10 by HB 
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Works Details

>Molter, Johann Melchior : Concerto for Clarinet no 1 in A major, MWV6/41
  • Performers: Kari Kriikku (Clarinet); Anssi Karttunen (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Running Time: 11 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>Molter, Johann Melchior : Concerto for Clarinet no 3 in G major, MWV6/40
  • Performers: Kari Kriikku (Clarinet); Anssi Karttunen (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Running Time: 10 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>Molter, Johann Melchior : Concerto for Clarinet no 4 in D major, MWV6/39
  • Performers: Kari Kriikku (Clarinet); Anssi Karttunen (Harpsichord)
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Running Time: 11 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Concerto for Clarinet in A major, K. 622
  • Performer: Kari Kriikku (Basset Clarinet)
  • Conductor: John Storgårds
  • Running Time: 27 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1791

>Crusell, Bernhard Henrik : Concerto for clarinet & orchestra no 3 in B flat major, Op. 11
  • Performer: Kari Kriikku (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Sakari Oramo
  • Running Time: 22 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1803-1812

>Crusell, Bernhard Henrik : Concerto for clarinet & orchestra no 2 in F minor, Op. 5
  • Performer: Kari Kriikku (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Sakari Oramo
  • Running Time: 22 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1808

>Crusell, Bernhard Henrik : Concerto for clarinet & orchestra no 1 in E flat major, Op. 1
  • Performer: Kari Kriikku (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Sakari Oramo
  • Running Time: 19 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1803-1812