The Magic of Clarinetist Martin Frost

Martin Frost ClarinetistI first learned of Martin Frost when I bought a CD of him playing opera inspired tunes. It included Donato Lovreglio's Fantasia La Traviata, a wonderful bravura piece which I had played and wanted to hear an orchestration of. It also included other standards of opera inspired clarinet music, notably Rossini's Introduction Theme and Variations.

But Frost's playing swept me away. Very few clarinetists impress me as equally in all aspects of their playing. Someone with great tone may not have great musical ideas, someone with technique may lack a gorgeous tone. He is one of the two or three greatest clarinetists in the world who has technique, tone and musicality in generous portions. And I bet most of you would admit he's also kind of cute.

Though you can find many videos of him on YouTube, and of course, many recordings on CD, I give you this impressive video of him improvising two short pieces as an encore after playing the clarinet concerto of Kalevi Aho Clarinet Concerto the Lahti Symphony Orchestra on 11 Oct 2007, conducted by Osmo Vänskä.

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7 comments for “The Magic of Clarinetist Martin Frost

  1. John
    April 25, 2011 at

    Hello, I’m interested in what kind of reeds does Mr. Fröst use. Does someone know it please? Thanks for your reactions
    J.

  2. John Peacock
    June 9, 2010 at

    Just found the Brahms on Spotify: very dense and smooth sound. If I hadn't known, I might have assumed he was German. It's lovely playing, but do you think that sound would project in an orchestral context? Pictures on the web show him playing a crystal mouthpiece, and that does tend to give roundness but lose punch (at least, it does for me, which isn't the same thing…)

    • June 9, 2010 at

      Wow. You picked up on that quickly. He does have a smallish sound, good for chamber music.

      — Sent from my Palm Pre

  3. John Peacock
    June 8, 2010 at

    Thanks David: Manasse is a new name to me. I'll clearly have to look him up.

    • June 8, 2010 at

      His Brahms Sonatas are quite good.

  4. John Peacock
    June 5, 2010 at

    Very impressive. Who are the others in the "2 or 3 greatest…"?

    • June 6, 2010 at

      Hello John. I think Kari Krikku and Jon Manasse are two which I would put in that class.

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