August 6, 2016
Review by Brenda Repland
Paavo Järvi, Conductor
Martin Fröst, Clarinet
The weekend program was conducted by Estonian Maestro, Paavo Järvi. The first piece, by his fellow countryman, was La Sindone, (the Shroud) by Arvo Pärt. Originally composed for the Winter Olympics in Turin, it refers to the Shroud of Turin. It is a meditation on Christ’s death and burial and moves darkly until the climactic explosion of trumpet and timpani.
Swedish clarinetist, Martin Fröst, played Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto in A major with such thrilling mastery, it brought the House down. We have Mozart to thank for bringing to light the wonders of clarinet which was mostly unknown in his day.
Mr. Fröst’s tones were so resonant and lost none of that quality in the runs. The harmony with the strings was truly marvelous.
Last on the program was Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4. The orchestra’s clarinet solos in the Adagio movement were especially stirring. Maestro, Järvi demonstrated why he is lauded for his conducting with an excellent evening capped off by the grand finale of the 4th Symphony.