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Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No. 1 - Tchaikovsky: The Seasons

Olli Mustonen

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"... (a) forceful performance ... he is not a player given to wan dabbling, so there is plenty of muscularity and rhythmic sharpness on display, not least in the fiendish complexities of the virtuoso finale."
- The Telegraph

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Piano Sonata No. 1 in D Minor, Op. 28  
I. Allegro moderato
Sergei Rachmaninov; Olli Mustonen
II. Lento
Sergei Rachmaninov; Olli Mustonen
III. Allegro molto
Sergei Rachmaninov; Olli Mustonen
The Seasons, Op. 37b  
I. January: By the Fireside
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Olli Mustonen
II. February: Carnival
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Olli Mustonen
III. March: Song of the Lark
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Olli Mustonen
IV. April: Snowdrop
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Olli Mustonen
V. May: May Nights
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Olli Mustonen
VI. June: Barcarolle
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Olli Mustonen
VII. July: Song of the Reaper
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Olli Mustonen
VIII. August: The Harvest
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Olli Mustonen
IX. September: The Hunt
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Olli Mustonen
X. October: Autumn Song
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Olli Mustonen
XI. November: Troika
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Olli Mustonen
XII. December: Christmas
Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky; Olli Mustonen
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Total Playing Time    71:10
"Mustonen creates a savage case for an unduly neglected sonata ... his superhuman agility allows him a freedom unknown to lesser pianists ... Mustonen is no less remarkable in Tchaikovsky's Seasons, scorning their gentler, more domestic virtues."
- Gramophone

This recital from Olli Mustonen features Rachmaninov's seldom-performed first Piano Sonata, coupled with Tchaikovsky's The Seasons, a popular cycle of 12 intimate miniatures. Mustonen is known for delivering a fresh and visionary approach to standard repertoire, his glittering piano sound and technique faithfully rendered in superb audio quality on this recording.
352.8 kHz / 24-bit, 192 kHz / 24-bit, 96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 5.6448 MHz, 2.8224 MHz DSD  –  2xHD - Ondine Studio Masters

Recorded in 2.8224 MHz DSD
Mastered in 352.8 kHz / 24-bit, 192 kHz / 24-bit, 96 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 5.6448 MHz, 2.8224 MHz DSD
352.8 kHz / 24-bit Version - Tracks 2, 3, 5-7, 15 - 192 kHz / 24-bit PCM

This album was mastered using our 2xHD proprietary system. In order to achieve the most accurate reproduction of the original recording we tailor our process specifically for each project, using a selection from our pool of state-of-the-art audiophile components and connectors. The process begins with a transfer to analog from the original DSD master, using cutting edge D/A converters. The analog signal is then sent through a hi-end tube pre-amplifier before being recorded directly in DXD using the dCS905 A/D and the dCS Vivaldi Clock. All connections used in the process are made of OCC silver cable.
DSD and PCM versions are separately generated, directly from the analog signal.

2xHD Mastering: René Laflamme
2xHD Executive Producer: André Perry

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