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Beethoven: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Olli Mustonen, Tapiola Sinfonietta

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"... one cannot deny either the brilliance or imagination of his playing, or the consistency of his approach ..."
- Gramophone

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Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15  
I. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Olli Mustonen; Tapiola Sinfonietta
II. Largo
Ludwig van Beethoven; Olli Mustonen; Tapiola Sinfonietta
III. Rondo: Allegro scherzando
Ludwig van Beethoven; Olli Mustonen; Tapiola Sinfonietta
Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-Flat Major, Op. 19  
I. Allegro con brio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Olli Mustonen; Tapiola Sinfonietta
II. Adagio
Ludwig van Beethoven; Olli Mustonen; Tapiola Sinfonietta
III. Rondo: Molto allegro
Ludwig van Beethoven; Olli Mustonen; Tapiola Sinfonietta
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    61:31
"... thoroughly refreshing and convincing ... these are invigorating performances, with no small degree of poise in Mustonen's pianism and in his handling of the orchestra."
- International Piano

This is the first of three volumes featuring Beethoven's five piano concertos performed by Olli Mustonen, acting here as both soloist and conductor of the Tapiola Sinfonietta. The Finnish musician is known for delivering fresh, visionary readings of popular standard repertoire music, such as Beethoven's concertos which he had never recorded before. Mustonen has maintained a close relationship with chamber orchestra Tapiola Sinfonietta, accompanying this ambitious recording project with acclaimed tour performances. Also a published composer, Mustonen is playing his own cadenzas in the First Concerto.
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2xHD Executive Producer: André Perry

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