Read all the latest press coverage about Martin’s performances of the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra last month.
“The orchestra’s principal clarinettist, Maximiliano Martin, was the soloist, and made a fine, highly expressive job of a perennially popular work. A rousing reception elicited a solo encore in a very different vein, the first of Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for Clarinet”
“The energy was more controlled in Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, where principal clarinet Maximiliano Martín took centre stage. The opening Allegro was as good as you are going to get and the Adagio was purposefully dream-like. This segued perfectly into a crisp final movement, with orchestra and soloist in perfect harmony. An encore was obligatory, and he obliged with a piece that showed off his excellent technique and ability to perfection. I had not heard Bela Kovaks’ Homage to Manuel de Falla before, but if Martín’s going to play it again, I want to be there”
“It was one of the SCO’s regular woodwind players, clarinettist Maximiliano Martín, who joined the ensemble for a performance of Mozart’s exquisite and much-loved Clarinet Concerto. His theatrical approach to concerto playing and his stunning technical virtuosity make him a show-stopping soloist.
Nowadays many clarinettists use an instrument called the basset clarinet with a downward extension in an attempt to reconstruct the original range of the Concerto. While it now seems clear that Mozart’s original manuscript, now lost, was for this instrument, the modern use of a basset clarinet is problematic.
Martín’s performance on a standard A clarinet was a useful reminder of the strengths of the modern instrument, and we got the best of both worlds in that occasionally he allowed himself to be influenced by phrases in the basset clarinet edition. He also felt free to introduce some minor ornamentation in a performance which was both mellifluous and dramatically characterful.
As a quirky encore he played one of the enigmatic Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet by Igor Stravinsky – a lifetime of clarinet nerdiness finally paid off as I ‘dined out’ on this information during the interval”