New CD of the Week | Fröst & Friends


A  sense of sheer delight permeates every minute of this collection.  No surprise as Martin Fröst is indeed playing with friends as dear as the title Fröst & Friends indicates.  Fröst's musicality and tonal beauty are something to behold.  You'll find refreshing clarinet transcriptions of favorites like the Bach/Gounod Ave Maria, Fritz Kreisler's Liebesleid, and Rachmaninoff's Vocalise.  Don't mistake Fröst & Friends as just the most popular tunes, however.  You also hear unexpected transformations of music originally for solo piano (by Alexander Scriabin and Chopin), for voice (by Brahms and Schumann) and for violin (by Bach and Fritz Kreisler). 

"It’s tempting to say that if Martin Fröst didn’t play the clarinet then he’d be an actor or a dancer.  But he is an actor and a dancer and at one point during this scintillating recital he even sang, too – whilst playing the clarinet at the same time, of course."  (of Fröst's Wigmore Hall recital in March, 2010 - The Arts Desk)

New CD of the Week | Fröst & Friends