Martin Fröst in Malmö. Photo © Tord Martinsson

Fröst + Martinsson = Fantastique

17/06/2011

Performed by the amazing Martin Fröst, Martinsson's Concert Fantastique will receive its UK premiere with the CBSO in Birmingham this autumn as well as two performances with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic.

Following the world premiere in Malmö this past October, the coming autumn will bring another three performances of Martinsson’s Concert Fantastique. Marin Alsop will conduct the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in two performances on 26 and 27 October and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra under Edward Gardner will give the UK premiere on 24 November.

Watch the video clip from Malmö Concert Hall in October 2010
featuring Martin Fröst, Malmö Symphony Orchestra and Shi-Yeon Sung.

Review:
He has stretched the limits of clarinet playing and is as stupendous as a trapeze performer under a circus dome when he climbs up Martinsson’s difficult tonelianas. “Fantastique” is the word!… The energy in this unexpected move is conveyed by an often dense and dramatic orchestral texture, as in an exciting adventure film… Still, the loveliest part is found in the eye of the storm, in the lyrical lines, where the music has Aaron Copland´s delightful clarinet concerto as a precursor.
(Sydsvenska Dagbladet/Carlhåkan Larsén)

Work information:
Instrumentation: 2222/2210/timp.2perc/hp/strings
Duration: 24’
Preview of the score