Brahms's Clarinet Quintet
is core repertoire, not just for clarinetists but also in the entire chamber music genre. Once again (BIS1893), Fröst gathers exceptional artists in their own right for this recording.
As a complement to this substantial work, Fröst has transcribed six much-loved songs by Brahms, performing them with his chamber music partner of long standing, the eminent pianist Roland Pöntinen
'Martin Fröst finds the tone of gentle love, but not regret, autumnal but not wistful, with a young man's spring fire coursing through the scherzo. Sensuous beauty and taut sinew mingle for an interpretation from five soloists whose fastidious attention to internal balance and every musical detail result in sovereign excellence, in a sovereign recording.' --Gramophone, July 2014
'Fröst employs vibrato sparingly as an effective colouring tool. His velvety, even tone is at its most beguiling in the Adagio, gliding across his instrument's registers with sumptuous fluidity. Supported by well-defined golden strings, this is a gloriously dreamy yet powerfully alert, profound account...His [Fröst's] spellbinding playing alone is enough to recommend this recording; he and his colleagues also demonstrate penetrating musicianship and deep Brahmsian affinity.' --International Record Review, July/August 2014