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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Genesis: a concert performance of Martin Fröst – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (HD 1080p)

Genesis means beginning, and it is also the title of the Book of Genesis. In clarinettist Martin Fröst's latest project, ancient Greek music is juxtaposed against Anders Hillborg's urban sound – a time span of almost 2000 years! "We start with the roots of the music and explore how through them we can open a new musical door to the future", says Martin Fröst.

In the acclaimed performance of Genesis, charismatic clarinetist and conductor Martin Fröst builds upon music from 300 years before the beginning of our era and spans musically up to our time.

Clarinetist and conductor Martin Fröst continuously explores different aspects of the essence of music, creating new artistic expressions with both old and newly written music. The origins and development of classical music comprise the theme of Genesis, and we get to follow along on a journey through musical history, from ancient jester traditions to brand new music by Anders Hillborg. In between are wonderfully swinging klezmer pieces, musical invocations and bustling Baroque.

"It's all connected, and the music also reflects people. When I listen to a modern piece, I sometimes experience a cross-section of musical history layered into the music. Because so much more unites old and new music and music from different parts of the world than one might think. For example, this can be heard when the piece ‘Jag vet en Dejlig Rosa’ transitions into Olivier Messiaen's ‘Les offrandes oubliées’. Or how Anders Hillborg's newly composed piece is a response to Hildegard of Bingen's music, which is nearly 900 years old", comments Martin Fröst on his performance of Genesis.

The concert performance was recorded at Gothenburg Concert Hall on January 27, 2018.

With English subtitles

Genesis: a concert performance of Martin Fröst

Anders Hillborg: Incantation
Hildegard von Bingen: Ancient Suite (Arr. Jonas Forssell)
Georg Philipp Telemann: Presto from Concerto for recorder, flute, strings and harpsichord (Arr. Jonas Forssell)
Astor Piazzolla: La muerte del Ángel
Jonas Dominique: Duo No.1 & Duo No.2 for clarinets
Anders Hillborg: Hymn of Echoes
Anders Hillborg: Hyper Run from Clarinet Concerto "Peacock Tales", Millenium Version
Anders Hillborg: Primal Blues
Göran Fröst: Klezmer Dance No.2
Béla Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances
Jonas Dominique: Duo No.4 for clarinets
Traditional: Let's Be Happy. Royal Wedding Version (Arr. Göran Fröst)
Anders Hillborg: Hyper Exit

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra
Conductor & clarinet soloist: Martin Fröst

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Birgitta Mannerström-Molin, choirmaster

Håvard Lysebo, flute
Magnus Holmander, clarinet
Sandra Ibarreche Burgos, clarinet
Olof Wendel, cimbalom

Ambra Succi, choreographer
Maja Andersson, koreografassistent
Linus Fellbom, lighting design

Gothenburg Concert HallJanuary 27, 2018

(HD 1080p)

Martin Fröst (b. 1970) is a Swedish clarinetist and conductor. As a youth, Fröst began musical studies on violin at age 5. At age 8, he started to learn the clarinet. He studied with Hans Deinzer in Germany and Sölve Kingstedt and Kjell-Inge Stevensson in Stockholm.

Fröst's work in contemporary music includes collaborations with Anders Hillborg, Krzysztof Penderecki, Kalevi Aho, Rolf Martinsson, Bent Sørensen, Victoria Borisova-Ollas, Karin Rehnqvist and Sven-David Sandström.

Fröst was artistic leader of the Vinterfest music festival for 10 seasons, concluding his tenure in 2015. He became joint artistic director of the Stavanger International Chamber Music Festival in 2010, and served in that until 2015. He has been a conductor-in-association with the Norrköpings Symfoniorkester (Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra). In May 2017, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra announced the appointment of Fröst as its next principal conductor, effective with the 2019-2020 season, with an initial contract of 3 seasons.

In the USA, in October 2014, Fröst first appeared with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO). Based on this concert, in November 2014, the SPCO named Fröst one of its Artistic Partners, effective with the 2015-2016 season, with an initial contract of 4 years. He was to have made his first appearance in the post in November 2015, but was unable to perform due to Meniere's Disease. The effects of the ailment delayed Fröst's appearances as an SPCO artistic partner until February 2017.

Fröst and his family live in Stockholm. He has recorded commercially for such labels as BIS Records and Sony Classical. In May 2014, he received the Léonie Sonning Music Prize, the first clarinetist so honoured.


In May 2017, it was announced that Martin Fröst will be Chief Conductor of the Swedish Chamber Orchestra from the 2019-2020 season and he will return to the Orchestra in autumn 2017. Known for artistic collaborations worldwide, this season he continues as Artistic Partner with both The Saint Paul Chamber and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras, at which he launchs a new project Retrotopia including a new commission by Jesper Nordin. This project follows in the footsteps of his critically acclaimed project Genesis, which he also performs this season with the Gothenburg Symphony. In 2017-2018 Fröst will also be Artist in Residence at L'Auditiori, Barcelona appearing with the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona I Nacional de Catalunya and performing a number of chamber concerts. These positions follow his success in recent seasons as Artist-in-Residence at the Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Gothenburg Symphony and London's Wigmore Hall.

In autumn 2017, Fröst is joined by Janine Jansen, Lucas Debargue and Torleif Thedéen to release Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time, his second recording for Sony Classics. Together this season, the Quartet will give performances of the work worldwide, including at New York's Carnegie Hall, as well as in Barcelona, Toronto and Quebec City. Fröst's first recording for the label, Roots, received huge critical acclaim and in recognition he received the 2016 ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of the Year Award for clarinet. Chamber dates this season also include a return to Schubertiade and London's Wigmore Hall to perform with Quatuor Ébène. Fröst regularly performs with leading international artists including Sol Gabetta, Yuja Wang, Leif Ove Andsnes, Roland Pöntinen, Maxim Rysanov and Antoine Tamestit.

Highlights of his last season included debuts with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (Osmo Vänskä) and New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (Edo de Waart). He also returned to the Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival (Paavo Järvi), NHK Symphony Orchestra (David Zinman) and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, with whom he also toured Europe. Future tour partners include the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the NDR Radiophilharmonie.


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See also

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro | Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No.4 in B flat major – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Martin Fröst (HD 1080p)

Olivier Messiaen: Quatuor pour la fin du temps – Martin Fröst, Lucas Debargue, Janine Jansen, Torleif Thedéen (Download 96kHz/24bit & 44.1kHz/16bit)

Dollhouse: a concert performance of Martin Fröst – Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra – All the posts

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