Review by Chris September 21, 2004 (9 of 9 found this review helpful)
|Another brilliant SACD from BIS.Mozart's Clarinet Concerto is a major masterpiece that unfolds as naturally as a flower.And from soloist Martin Fröst we are getting an interpretation that IMO is almost as close to perfection as the piece itself.
Not only is Martin Fröst's playing fantastic ,he has also been given a recording that is as truly marvellous as is his playing.Rarely have I heard a chamber orchestra or a clarinet recorded as realistically as here.
Ok, the clarinet may be a tad close but it definitely sounds as close to life as I've ever heard in a recording.
Strings are velvety, transparent and natural in a way that I thought only analogue could deliver. And not only is Martin Fröst's playing brilliant, the Amsterdam Sinfonietta under the direction of Peter Oundjian are equally supportive and excellent.
The filler,if that's the right term for a piece that is actually longer in duration than the Concerto, Mozart's Clarinet Quintet KV 581, is also very good.In some ways it is like a miniature version of the Concerto with more than superficial similarities.But good as it definitely is.I would have recommended this disc strongly even if it had only contained the Concerto.
My only available comparison is the CD version of the Concerto played by Anthony Michaelson of Musical Fidelity.But although by no means bad, his playing is no match for Martin Fröst, nor can the CD compare soundwise to BIS's very airy, natural and realistic DSD sound.
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