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On demand: Retrotopia, with Martin Fröst

KonserthusetPlayRecorded at Konserthuset Stockholm: Stora Salen, Stockholm, Sweden
Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
Martin FröstConductor, Clarinet
Virpi PahkinenChoreography
Linus FellbomLighting Designer

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Retrotopia is the latest in clarinettist and conductor Martin Fröst’s ground-breaking projects, challenging the boundaries of how classical music concerts are perceived. Watch a unique concert video from the world premiere with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in Konserthuset Stockholm.

Developed in collaboration with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra (Retrotopia being the third such presentation, following ‘Dollhouse’ in 2013 and ‘Genesis’ in 2015 - also available to watch free) — Fröst and the orchestra present unprecedented ways of combining music and gesture, resulting in a thematically cohesive entity.

The project transforms traditional performance conceptions and expands the clarinet repertoire with a new commission by Jesper Nordin, Emerge. It is a visionary piece in which the Gestrument (a new motion-sensor technology developed by the composer) controls a virtual orchestra based on Fröst’s movements, creating a unique palette of sound colours.

The repertoire also includes the new piece Exodus: Departure by Victoria Borisova-Ollas (performed together with choreographer and dancer Virpi Pahkinen), Angelus novus by Jacob Mühlrad, and Nomadia by Martin and his brother, Göran Fröst. All placed in focus alongside the music of Mozart and Beethoven, two composers of seminal importance for Martin.

The partnership between Martin Fröst and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra has also resulted in the cd Roots.

Filmed in May/June 2018.

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