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Grieg, Chopin: Piano Concertos / Mustonen, Blomstedt


Release Date: 02/20/1996 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 444518   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Edvard GriegFrédéric Chopin
Performer:  Olli Mustonen
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Olli Mustonen argues in the notes to this disc that a composer’s interpretative decisions when performing his own work ‘shouldn’t necessarily make all other solutions invalid’. Composers are known to have taken apparently ‘radically different approaches in terms of tempi, dynamics, etc’. But he concludes: ‘when we experience something being interpreted in the right way... it should feel like the only possible way’. His ‘only possible’ view of Grieg and Chopin is wonderfully fresh-minted and unpretentious, emotionally and perceptively mature. Dignifying music more usually vulgarised, his Grieg is a triumph of folk nuance, lyric fantasy and symphonic resolve. Grieg’s own recordings as a pianist, Mustonen reminds us, combined ‘sensitive Read more nobility’ with ‘humorous vigour’. It is just such qualities, fusing the glorious with the capricious, that distinguish Mustonen’s approach. Advantageously stressing form and intellect, the Chopin is spine-tingling. With elegant support from Blomstedt, here is consummately gifted, infinitely detailed pianism in the poetic service of glittering brilliance, the most loving, rubato-inflected intimacy, and a breathtaking dynamic span. Magnificent. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Ates Orga, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 16 by Edvard Grieg
Performer:  Olli Mustonen (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868/1907; Norway 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco 
Length: 30 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2.
Concerto for Piano no 1 in E minor, B 53/Op. 11 by Frédéric Chopin
Performer:  Olli Mustonen (Piano)
Conductor:  Herbert Blomstedt
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Poland 
Date of Recording: 05/1994 
Venue:  Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco 
Length: 40 Minutes 19 Secs. 

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