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Beethoven: Piano Concertos no 4 & 5 / Olli Mustonen, et al

Album Summary

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Olli Mustonen crowns his acclaimed cycle of Beethoven Piano Concertos with recordings of the famous concertos nos. 4 and 5. In line with the two earlier installments, he performs these two virtuoso works simultaneously as pianist and conductor - a demanding practice in line with Beethoven's intentions. Mustonen's recording series of Beethoven's five piano concertos and the piano version of the violin concerto has been hailed by the international press as "stimulating" (Fono Forum/Germany, Jan 2008) and "thoroughly refreshing and convincing" (International Piano Magazine/U.K., Sep/Oct 2008).

"Kudos and encomium to pianist/conductor Olli Mustonen. It must take a huge ego and supreme confidence in one's ability to bring a fresh look to such music as Beethoven's Piano Concertos 4 and 5... Olli Mustonen is supremely gifted and plays with courage: the courage of someone who plays with all stops full out, of a pianist unafraid of making a mistake, and of a conductor confident in his musical taste and knowledge... I find his readings a delightful surprise, as I found the Beethoven Violin Concerto, by Rachel Barton Pine, and I recommend both to every Beethoven lover." -Fanfare

The Independent
Olli Mustonen displays consummate skill in these renderings of the 4th and 5th Concertos - especially impressive...Mustonen brings great energy to his performances, particularly the more rumbustious opening movement of the lengthy 5th, whose colossal aspect clearly offers no obstacles to his abilities.



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>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 4 in G major, Op. 58
  • Performer: Olli Mustonen (Piano)
  • Conductor: Olli Mustonen
  • Ensemble: Tapiola Sinfonietta
  • Running Time: 32 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1805-1806

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Piano no 5 "Emperor"
  • Performer: Olli Mustonen (Piano)
  • Conductor: Olli Mustonen
  • Ensemble: Tapiola Sinfonietta
  • Running Time: 39 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1809