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Performer: Kari Kriikku

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Hong KongOsmo's Finnish Adventure

Sibelius, Lindberg
Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä; Kari Kriikku
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“Unicorn” clarinet spreads Saariaho's enchantment in Dublin

Kari Kriikku © Marco Borggreve
In Kaija Saariaho's clarinet concerto D'om le vrai sens, with Kari Kriikku as soloist, and Mahler's Symphony no. 7, masterfully conducted by Ilan Volkov, the RTÉ NSO enchant the audience in Dublin.
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An immersive Saariaho portrait by the New York Phil

Kari Kriikku © Marco Borggreve
Clarinetist Kari Kriikku sauntered through the aisles of both the orchestra and audience, spinning around in two complete 360s and surely dousing the flabbergasted listeners in the floor seating with saliva.
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Kari Kriikku thrills in Lindberg's Clarinet Concerto

Thomas Søndergård and the RSNO in an evening of minor key late symphonies separated by a dazzling clarinet concerto.
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Unsuk Chin première and bruising Mahler in New York

Ornithologists would have had a field day in Avery Fisher Hall for the opening subscription concert in the New York Philharmonic's season. Trills and fluttering multiphonics abounded in Unsuk Chin's Clarinet Concerto, before bird calls opened Mahler's First Symphony.
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BBC Symphony Orchestra celebrate their 80th birthday

The BBC Symphony presented a packed programme for this concert in celebration of their 80th anniversary. The performances were interspersed with two short films looking back at the orchestra’s illustrious history, with former principal conductors such as Adrian Boult and Pierre Boulez.