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Nielsen, Aho: Clarinet Concertos / Fröst, Vänskä, Lahti SO

Album Summary

>Nielsen, Carl : Concerto for Clarinet, FS 129/Op. 57
>Aho, Kalevi : Concerto for Clarinet
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

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BBC Music Magazine
Those who cherish earlier versions of Neilsen's masterpiece... will know how deep this music runs and how haunting it is. The young Swedish clarinettist give what I must say is the most searching and gripping performance of all, and reveals qualities of imagination and insight that make you listen with new ears. Kalevi Aho's... 2005 concerto was written for Martin Fröst... It strikes me as one of his finest pieces, immediate in its appeal and full of compelling musical incident and a dazzling virtuosity that Fröst takes effortlessly in his stride.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Kalevi Aho's Concerto starts arrestingly but without a trace of the attention-seeking that afflicts certain other clarinet concertos of recent times. There is something in Aho's five continuous movements that recalls Nielsen's directness and free-flowing succession of ideas, and the cadenza that forms the second movement even brings momentary echoes of Nielsen's uncompromising skirls and flourishes... Even so, Erikson and Wöldike remain a benchmark for insight into the character of the piece. In sum, a CD of rare distinction.



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>Nielsen, Carl : Concerto for Clarinet, FS 129/Op. 57
  • Performer: Martin Fröst (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 23 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1928
  • Studio/Live: Studio

>Aho, Kalevi : Concerto for Clarinet
  • Performer: Martin Fröst (Clarinet)
  • Conductor: Osmo Vänskä
  • Ensemble: Lahti Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 29 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 2005
  • Studio/Live: Studio