|Slur in piano dolce starting with full sound||00h:01m:23s|
|Avoid hairpin (cresc/dim) on the long notes||00h:03m:14s|
|Use diaphragm (rather than tongue) to emphasize notes. Creates a different sound and color||00h:05m:13s|
|Practicing the unison for intonation and vibrato||00h:09m:28s|
|Lowest notes of phrases need more attention||00h:16m:34s|
|Performance of entire movement||00h:16m:59s|
Concert Clarinetist Kari Kriikku gives a master class on Max Bruch's Eight Pieces for Clarinet and Viola, Op. 83 (8th movement). Jason Shafer (clarinet), Izia Weyman (viola), and Michael Linville (piano) performing.
8 Pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano
Recorded Date: 11-12-2012
The New York Times, February 2010: “Afterward, there was a surprised buzz in the auditorium as listeners confessed to loving a sometimes furiously dissonant piece” [NY Philharmonic/Alan Gilbert/Carnegie Hall/Magnus Lindberg concerto]. As reported in the New Yorker in March 2010 it is not an uncommon occurrence for this consumate artist to bring his audience to its’ feet, even if the repertoire, or Kriikku himself, is being heard for the first time.
A champion of contemporary music Unsuk Chin writes a concerto for Kari Kriikku which he will premiere with Gothenberg Orchestra under the baton of Kent Nagano both in Gothenberg and Stockholm’s Konserthuset in Spring 2014. Premiere performances continue in 2014/15 season. During 2013/14 season Kari Kriikku performs across the globe including concerts in Japan with Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Okko Kamu, chamber music with the Heath Quartet for BBC Scotland, the Radio Orchestra of Baden Baden with François-Xavier Roth, Finnish Radio Symphony with Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Oulu Symfonia with Anna-Maria Helsing and Ulster Orchestra with Santtu-Matias Rouvali.
Kaija Saariaho’s “D’OM LE VRAI SENS”, a concerto which during the working process Kari Krrikku collaborated with the American theatre director Peter Sellars, received great acclaim. It was premiered with Finnish Radio Symphony/Sakari Oramo, BBC Symphony Orchestra/David Robertson, both the Swedish Radio Symphony and Orquestra Nacional do Porto/John Storgårds, l’Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France/Esa-Pekka Salonen, and with the Vienna Symphony Radio Orchestra/Cornelius Meister. Kriikku has further performed the work with Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra/Vladimir Jurowski, Bergen Philharmonic/Juanjo Mena and given its’ USA premiere with the New World Symphony Orchestra/Susanna Malki. During 2013/14 season Kriikku performs the work with Tampere Orchestra in the inaugural concerts of the orchestra’s new Music Director, Santtu-Matias Rouvali and “debuts” the work in Helsinki’s new Music Centre hall with Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and Dima Slobodeniouk.
In addition to the aforementioned works highlights of other new works Kriikku has premiered include Kimmo Hakola’s colourful, mesmerising concerto under the baton of Semyon Bychkov (WDR Koln and La Scala, Milan), Lindberg’s concerto with a spectacular premiere at London’s 2007 BBC Proms Festival with the BBC Symphony and Bychkov. Kriikku has recorded all these works for Ondine including Jukka Tienssu’s “Missa” with the Helsinki Philharmonic and John Storgårds. Lindberg’s Clarinet Concerto recording was nominated in the 2006 Gramophone Awards and the new Saariaho work with Finnish Radio Symphony and Sakari Oramo won the Jury’s Award at the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2013.
Kari Kriikku’s musical inventiveness and fresh attitude towards traditional performance have established for him a fascinating and versatile career, not only as a soloist but also as Artistic Director of Avanti! Chamber Orchestra, all of which in June 2009 was further acknowledged as Kari Kriikku was announced recipient of the prestigious Nordic Council Music Prize.