Olli Mustonen – Beethoven Piano Concertos: No.3 & D major

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Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor, Op.37
Piano Concerto in D, Op.61a [arranged by the composer from Violin Concerto in D, Op.61]

Tapiola Sinfonietta
Olli Mustonen

Recorded October & November 2007 in Tapiola Hall, Espoo, Finland

Reviewed by: Antony Hodgson

Reviewed: July 2008
CD No: ONDINE ODE 1123-5
[CD/SACD Hybrid]
Duration: 75 minutes

sforzandi sound very angry. Despite many examples of subjectivity, Mustonen’s tempos are quite convincing and are well sustained. The only deviations are within individual phrases and so can be regarded not as tempo changes but as examples of bold rubato.

This is a disc for those who want to explore Beethoven’s intriguing re-thinking of his Violin Concerto and who also appreciate hard-hitting pianism.

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