Critical acclaim for Martin’s Copland Clarinet Concerto

The Arts Desk, Miranda Heggie 5*

Martín exuded genuine warmth and had a captivating presence on stage. His playing was immaculately controlled”.

Edinburgh Guide, Barbara Bryan 4*

“Maximiliano Martin, the Spanish Principal Clarinet of the SCO, was the soloist. The haunting, ponderous introduction, reminding one of a vast prairie landscape, starts to transform from the cadenza into wild jazz like rhythms which the immensely talented Martin deftly played. With its mixture of classical and jazz influences as the piece progressed so too did the complex score for clarinet where Martin had to frequently hit incredibly high notes, which he did with great, accurate aplomb. What an accomplished player, under Ticciati’s guidance, he and the orchestra created a memorable performance”.

Edinburgh 49, Charles Stokes, 4*

“Unusually scored for strings, harp and piano the Copland Clarinet Concerto is a hybrid work in the classical/jazz idiom akin to some of the music of Leonard Bernstein. In two movements and but 18 minutes long, it is a work of depth, intensity and contrasts. The first movement “Slowly and expressively” was exquisitely played by Maximiliano Martin and is a real tearjerker akin to Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings. Seldom has the harp and viola introduction been played so sensitively intoned, followed by the lyricism and restraint of the soloist. Following a demanding and striking cadenza the second movement, “Rather fast – trifle faster” was virtually jazz (it was written for Benny Goodman) and was delivered with aplomb by Martin, light on his feet as if he were the Pied Piper. With much applause Martin stood next to the game pianist and granted us an encore”.

The Scotsman, Kevin Bruce 4*

“In Martin’s hands the concerto did not sound in the least dated, although it is a work very much of its time (1950) and the influences around then, in the orchestral world as well as the dance hall.”