Fröst will perform Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major, a piece he says changed how composers treat the clarinet. “I always say that Mozart was really the one who blew life into the instrument. With the second movement of that concerto, he invented the soul of the clarinet.”
Critics love Fröst. The New York Times described him as having “a virtuosity and musicianship unsurpassed by any clarinettist – perhaps any instrumentalist – in my memory”.
The Guardian praised “his extraordinarily pure tone, sinuous phrasing and seamless breathing technique”, while The Times declared: “Until you’ve heard Martin Fröst, you really haven’t heard the clarinet”.
Viewing a single performance by the instrumentalist was enough to convince de Waart that Fröst must play with the NZSO. “He is a marvellous musician and a terrific clarinettist,” says de Waart. “I know that he will bring great musicality and inventiveness to the work.”
De Waart and the NZSO will also bring to life Ludwig van Beethoven’s unforgettable Symphony No. 6 in F major – Pastorale.
Composed and first performed in 1808 the ‘Pastorale’ symphony remains one of the most iconic works in the classical canon. It was immortalised for many in the 20th century by its inclusion in Walt Disney’s Fantasia, where it played among centaurs, cupids and satyrs.
According to Beethoven, “One leaves it to the listener to discover the situations. The whole will be understood even without a description, as it is more feeling than tone-painting”.
The concert will open with American composer John Adams’ minimalist masterpiece Shaker Loops.
Adams, considered one of the world’s most important living composers, turned 70 in February. To celebrate his 70th year, the NZSO, which turned 70 in March, will feature some of Adams’ most significant works throughout 2017.
Maestro de Waart has a lasting friendship and association with Adams. Shaker Loops was the first work by Adams that de Waart conducted.
EDO DE WAART Conductor
MARTIN FRÖST Clarinet
JOHN ADAMS Shaker Loops
MOZART Clarinet Concerto in A major, K. 622
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, Pastorale
HAMILTON | Claudelands Arena | Thursday 30 March | 7.30pm
AUCKLAND | Town Hall | Friday 31 March| 7.30pm
NAPIER | Municipal Theatre| Saturday 1 April| 7pm
CHRISTCHURCH | Horncastle Arena| Tuesday 4 April| 7pm
DUNEDIN | Town Hall| Wednesday 5 April| 7pm
WELLINGTON | Michael Fowler Centre| Friday 7 April| 6.30pm