Virtuosic, ingenious and playful, Hillborg’s clarinet concerto Peacock Tales is one of his most popular – and most attention grabbing! – works. Written for the extraordinary talents of Martin Fröst, the 29-minute concerto for clarinet and orchestra is wonderfully theatrical and eclectic; ranging from gentle lyricism and bluesy swing to gratin, angular modernity.
A kind of commedia dell'arte play gradually crystallises, with the various characters portrayed by the same person (the soloist). It is classy and humorous at the same time Goeteborgsposten (Magnus Haglund), 12 June 2008