Anthony Marwood, violin
Martin Fröst, clarinet
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Monday, April 28, 2014
This performance is made possible in part through the generous support of the Pro Suecia Foundation
SCHUBERT: Rondo in B minor for violin and piano, D. 895
DEBUSSY: Première Rhapsodie for Clarinet and Piano; Sonata for violin and piano in G minor, L. 140
STRAVINSKY: Suite from L’histoire du Soldat for Violin, Clarinet and Piano
POULENC: Sonata for clarinet and piano
BARTÓK: Contrasts for violin, clarinet and piano, BB. 116
About This Performance
This dream team of charismatic and versatile artists come together to present a brilliant program of duos and trios, anchored by the great Bartók Contrasts. Anthony Marwood’s “golden tone and sure-fire musicianship” (Washington Post) are superbly met by Martin Fröst’s pushing-the-limits showmanship and Marc-André Hamelin’s intelligent virtuosity. Their combined gifts of taste, warmth and humor will doubtless ignite their program with a rare excitement and spontaneity that has grown out of a delightful series of summer festival collaborations.
As a charismatic and versatile soloist, ensemble leader, and creative collaborator, violinist Anthony Marwood has won worldwide critical acclaim for his formidable technique, extraordinary emotive power and exceptional artistry.
In the Summer of 2012, Marwood joined David Robertson and the Sydney Symphony for Thomas Adès’s violin concerto, Concentric Paths (a work written for Marwood) at the Sydney Opera House. He performed Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale at the Cheltenham International Music Festival, played concerts at the Delft Chamber Music Festival, and performed a recital with his duo partner, pianist Aleksandar Madžar, at the Snape Proms in Aldeburgh. He also made his annual visit to the Yellow Barn Music Festival in Vermont, where he led masterclasses, taught private lessons and performed chamber and solo works.
During the Fall of 2012, Marwood tours Australia and New Zealand, performing with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony, and the Australian National Academy of Music. He is joined by Aleksandar Madžar for a recital tour presented by Musica Viva, with dates in Adelaide, Newcastle, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. In North America this season, Marwood appears in recital with Aleksandar Madžar for the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, performs Mozart Violin Concerto No. 2, K.211 with the Vancouver Symphony, and returns to Les Violons du Roy as a soloist/leader, in a program of works by Tchaikovsky, Vasks and Sibelius.
His Hyperion Records recording of the Schumann Violin Concerto, with Douglas Boyd and the BBC Scottish Symphony, will be released in September 2012, and his performance of the Britten Violin Concerto, with Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony, was released by the label in February 2012, to widespread critical acclaim.
Last season Marwood joined the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields—an ensemble with which he has a long collaborative history—as a soloist/leader for an all-Mozart program. He performed Thomas Adès’ violin concerto Concentric Paths led by the composer in Brazil, as well as in Spain and Germany and Switzerland. He joined conductor Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra for the London premiere of Hugh Wood’s Violin Concerto No. 2, and appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony led by Douglas Boyd. At Wigmore Hall, Marwood and Aleksandar Madžar performed the complete Brahms Violin Sonatas in a three-part series, performances that were recorded for release on the Wigmore Hall Live label. Other recent engagements include the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony, the Melbourne Symphony, the Netherlands Radio Chamber Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, the Bournemouth Symphony, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Les Violons du Roy. Anthony Marwood has collaborated with conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Marin Alsop, Douglas Boyd and enjoys a rich collaborative relationship with composer and conductor Thomas Adès who wrote Concentric Paths for him. Premiered in September 2005 in Berlin and at the BBC Proms, Marwood has since performed the work around the world, giving the U.S. premiere with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the French premiere in Paris with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, and the Russian premiere in St. Petersburg. His recording of the work, with Adès leading the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, was released by EMI in 2010 to widespread critic praise and was named Gramophone Magazine’s Recording of the Month.
Marwood and Adès also worked together to create and tour a program of Stravinsky’s complete music for violin and piano. Recorded by Hyperion and released in 2010, this collaboration has been praised for its “deftly characterized light and shade” (BBC Music Magazine) and “infinite subtleties” (The Times). Marwood and Adès were joined by cellist Steven Isserlis for an acclaimed chamber music recital at Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall, performing works by Janacek, Liszt, Poulenc, Ravel and Adès.
Marwood has premiered many works expressly written for him, including Sally Beamish’s 1995 violin concerto, televised on BBC Four and recorded for the BIS label; a concerto by Ross Harris, premiered with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; and most recently Four Iconoclastic Episodes, a concerto for violin and electric guitar by Steve Mackey, commissioned jointly by the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. Marwood acted the role of the Soldier and played the violin in ASMF’s fully-staged production of Stravinsky’s A Soldier’s Tale, which won critical raves on two UK tours. His performance, directed by Lawrence Evans, was named one of the cultural highlights of the year by the Daily Telegraph. Anthony Marwood was the sole violinist of the acclaimed Florestan Trio, which concluded 16 years of exceptional music-making with a celebratory Beethoven cycle at Wigmore Hall in January 2012. He was Artistic Director and leader of the Irish Chamber Orchestra from 2006 to 2011. The Royal Philharmonic Society named Anthony Marwood ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ in 2006. Through the generosity of a syndicate of purchasers, he plays a 1736 Carlo Bergonzi violin.
Undoubtedly one of the most outstanding wind instrumentalists of today, Martin Fröst future highlights include debuts with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchester, Orchestre National de France, Detroit Symphony and Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra, Orpheus Chamber, Gewandhaus Orchester Leipzig, Bamberger Symphoniker and NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, plus return visits to the Rotterdam Philharmonic and Luzerner Sinfonieorchester. He also returns to the Australian Chamber Orchestra following a substantial tour of Europe with them last season, and embarks on a major European tour with the Amsterdam Sinfonietta performing Weber and Copland in May 2013.
Last season Martin Fröst performed with the Wiener Symphoniker, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Minnesota Orchestra (all under Osmo Vänskä), Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (Gustavo Dudamel), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen as well as the Tonkünstler, Oslo and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic orchestras. In August 2012 he made his debut at New York’s Mostly Mozart Festival performing Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto under the direction of Louis Langrée.
Keen to expand the existing clarinet concerto repertoire, Martin has personally championed Anders Hillborg’s Peacock Tales (which incorporates elements of mime and dance), Kalevi Aho’s Concerto (commissioned for him by the Borletti-Buitoni Trust) and Rolf Martinsson’s Concerto Fantastique. 2012–13 sees him premiere a new concerto by Bent Sørensen with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and Cologne’s Philharmonie under Michael Schønwandt. A keen recitalist and chamber musician, Martin Fröst gave five concerts as part of a major residency at Cologne’s Philharmonie in 2010–11 including a dance programme Double Points with violinist Janine Jansen. In 2011–12 Fröst performed in venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Concertgebouw, the Laeiszhalle in Hamburg, Berlin’s Konzerthaus and the Vienna Konzerthaus. He has a long-standing association with the Verbier Festival, and this season not only appears at the festival but also with the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Schloss Elmau and on tour around Asia. Fröst regularly collaborates with such musicians as Leif Ove Andsnes, Janine Jansen, Julian Rachlin, Thorleif Thedéen, Roland Pöntinen and the Belcea and Apollon Musagète Quartets. Upcoming chamber appearances include performances at the Schubertiade and a series of concerts with Marc-André Hamelin and Anthony Marwood in Boston, San Francisco and London’s Wigmore Hall. Fröst conducted a series of concerts with the Oslo Philharmonic last season, as well as conducting programmes with Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and Norrkoping Symphony orchestras plus Swedish and Stuttgarter Kammerorchester. Future conducting dates include projects with Detroit Symphony and Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Martin Fröst is the Artistic Director of the Vinterfest in Mora, and of the International Chamber Music Festival in Stavanger, Norway. He has an extensive discography for BIS, with whom he has an exclusive contract; his recent CD Dances to a Black Pipe received substantial critical acclaim.
Pianist Marc-André Hamelin’s unique blend of musicianship and virtuosity brings forth interpretations remarkable for their freedom, originality, and prodigious mastery of the piano’s resources. A musician of broad musical interests and curiosity, Hamelin is renowned in equal measure for his fresh readings of the established repertoire and for his exploration of lesser known works of the 19th and 20th century, both in the recording studio and in the concert hall.
This season Mr. Hamelin performs Haydn piano concerti with Les Violons du Roy and Bernard Labadie in a performance that will be recorded for release on Hyperion Records. He also performs Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4 with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and David Zinman, with the Atlanta Symphony and Hugh Wolff, and with the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and Ainars Rubikis. He joins the National Philharmonic of Russia and Dmitry Vasiliev for concerti by Rubinstein and Medtner and appears with the San Francisco Symphony with David Robertson in the Ravel Left Hand Piano Concerto and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, as well as the Columbus Symphony and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.
Mr. Hamelin tours the Shostakovich Piano Quintet with the Takacs String Quartet to Great Performers at Lincoln Center, Royal Conservatory of Music—Toronto, the Library of Congress, Celebrity Series of Boston, San Francisco Performances, the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia Chamber Music Societies, and the University of Florida.
He will appear in recital at the 92nd Street Y for the New York premiere of his *Variations on a Theme by Paganini,( and is presented in recital by the Chicago Symphony. Other recital engagements include Baltimore’s Shriver Hall, Detroit Chamber Music Society, Music Toronto, Vancouver Recital Society, Edmonton Chamber Music Society, Portland Ovations (Maine) and Portland Piano (Oregon), Wigmore Hall, Berlin Piano Festival, and in Libson, Munich, Stuttgart, Moscow, and Antwerp.
During the summer of 2012 Mr. Hamelin appeared at the Ojai Music Festival, opened the Aspen Music Festival season with Robert Spano leading the orchestra in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue and returned in recital. He joined the Seattle Chamber Music Society, the International Keyboard Festival, a recital and Mozart concerto the the Sao Paolo Symphony, recitals for the Montreal Symphony as part of their day long music marathon, Festival International de Piano La Roque d’Athéron in Aix-en-Provence, and the Helsingborg Piano Festival. In coordination with serving on the jury of the Edvard Grieg Piano Competition, he performed a recital at Grieg’s home, Troldhaugen.
In 2011–2012, Hamelin opened the season at the BBC Proms with a late night recital of Liszt works and with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales performing Rachmaninov’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paginini. He debuted with Berliner Philharmoniker in performances of Szymanowski’s Symphony No. 4, and appeared with the Basel Symphony Orchestra, the Danish Radio Orchestra and the Helsingborg Symphony. In North America, he performed with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Montreal, Quebec and Seattle; he also performs the epic Busoni Piano Concerto throughout the season, in dates with the Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester Berlin, the Orchestra Symphonique de Trois-Rivieres, and the New Jersey Symphony and Jacques Lacombe at Carnegie Hall for the Spring for Music Festival.
He also performed in recital throughout North America and internationally at London’s Wigmore Hall and at the Lucerne Piano Festival, and in Denmark, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Russia and Sweden. Hamelin returned to Asia for appearances with the Singapore Symphony and Hong Kong Philharmonic, and recitals in Hong Kong and Seoul.
In recent seasons, Hamelin has performed with orchestra and in solo recital at New York City’s Lincoln Center; in recital and in chamber music on the various stages of Carnegie Hall; and on an international tour of the Schumann Piano Quintet with the Takács Quartet. The Pro Musica Society of Montreal paid tribute to Hamelin with a six-concert series, The Art of Marc-André Hamelin.
Marc-André Hamelin records exclusively for Hyperion Records. His most recent releases include Reger and Strauss concerti with the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, and a solo disc of works by Liszt that was selected by Bryce Morrison for Gramophone’s 2011 “Critic’s Choice” feature. An album of his own compositions, Hamelin: Ètudes, received a 2010 Grammy nomination (his ninth) and a first prize from the German Record Critic’s Association; the works are published by Edition Peters. His complete Hyperion discography includes concertos and works for solo piano by composers such as Alkan, Busoni, Godowsky, and Medtner, as well as brilliantly received performances of Brahms, Chopin, Haydn, Liszt and Schumann.
A resident of Boston, Marc-André Hamelin is the recipient of a lifetime achievement prize by the German Record Critic’s Association, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Québec, and a member of the Royal Society of Canada.