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BEETHOVEN, L. van: Piano Concerto No. 3 / Piano Concerto in D major, Op. 61a (Mustonen, Tapiola Sinfonietta)

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release date: March 2011


Tapiola Sinfonietta

Mustonen, Olli

Olli Mustonen


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Total Time - 74:33
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Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

1 I. Allegro con brio 17:18
 Mustonen, Olli
2 II. Largo 8:46
 Mustonen, Olli
3 III. Rondo: Allegro 9:03
 Mustonen, Olli

Piano Concerto in D major, Op. 61a

4 I. Allegro, ma non troppo 22:05
5 II. Larghetto 8:00
6 III. Rondo 9:21
 Olli Mustonen Soloist

Olli Mustonen continues his acclaimed cycle of Beethoven Piano Concertos. In this second volume, the visionary Finnish pianist and conductor turns his talent to the Third Piano Concerto in C minor and the Piano Concerto which Beethoven arranged himself from Violin Concerto of 1906. While this Piano Concerto is seldom played in concert, with only a handful of recordings available, Mustonen regularly puts it on his programmes, and it has become one of his signature pieces.

As on the previous disc, Mustonen performs with the Tapiola Sinfonietta, with whom he has maintained close artistic ties for years, accompanying this Beethoven project with acclaimed tour performances in various European countries.

The booklet includes extensive liner notes written by noted Beethoven scholar and author of the new complete Piano Concerto Edition, Dr. Hans-Werner Küthen of the Beethoven-Archiv, Bonn.

"It is a thrilling listen."

Rick Jones - The Times  - 5 July 2008

"Empahtically phrased, with piquant sforzandi from the strings, a warm woodwind sound and brilliantly clear textures from the piano, it is a testament to the vitality of interpretations that do away with the middle man."

Anna Picard - The Independent - 15 June 2008

"...fascinating, limpid account of the piano version Beethoven made, at Clementi’s request, of his own violin concerto."

Paul Driver - The Sunday Times 13 July 2008

"Listening to Olli Mustonen’s interpretation of Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto is a refreshing experience; instead of emphasizing the tragic melodrama, Mustonen brings out the music’s intimite character."

Veijo Murtomäki - Helsingin Sanomat - 7 July 2008

"Here is playing of great force, brilliance and exactness."

Anthony Hodgson - - August 2008

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"It’s musical, full of life, and certainly makes you consider the (Violin Concerto) in a new light."

Mark Forrest - Classic FM - 14 July 2008

"On this excellent recording, (Olli Mustonen) combines at least two of his talents, conducting from the keyboard a fresh rendition of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3."

Robin Gehl - 22 December 2008 - Best CDs of 2008 - The New Faces of Classical Music

"The Tapiola Sinfonietta in particular is on terrific form and Mustonen’s playing occasionally has the grandeur of an aristocrat. Theirs is an interpretation that avoids the routine ... These incident-packed, often arresting performances enjoy excellent reproduction - Mustonen is naturally balanced with the orchestra, his soloist-and-director role here apppositely underlined."

Colin Anderson - International Piano Magazine - September/October 2008

"Mustonen’s performance of the Third Concerto ... is one of the finest on disc: big-hearted and free from the Haydnesque prissiness that some interpreters bring to the work. The Tapiola Sinfonietta’s playing is sensational, too."

Tim Ashley - The Guardian - 8 August 2008

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