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Performer: Olli Mustonen

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TokyoPaavo Järvi conducts Bartók

NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo
Bartók
NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo; Paavo Järvi; Olli Mustonen

StockholmBeethoven, Shostakovich, Mustonen

Stockholms Konserthusstiftelse
Beethoven, Shostakovich, Mustonen
Royal Northern Sinfonia; Olli Mustonen; Richard Martin
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Mozart meets the Russians at The Sage

Olli Mustonen © Outi Montosen
The Royal Northern Sinfonia and Olli Mustonen push Shostakovich to the brink of insanity, and suprise with Mozart's 'Coronation' Concerto.
***11
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Olli Mustonen: Wunderkind still going strong

Olli Mustonen © Outi Montosen
On Friday evening, the first snow cast its veil over my hometown. Despite the frost, Olli Mustonen’s concert at the Turku Concert Hall got people on the move.
****1
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Mostly sparkling Mozart from La Verdi

As a pianist, Mustonen failed to deliver as would have been hoped, though as a conductor his rapport with the orchestra bore delightful results.
****1
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Murail to Mahler: A concert of firsts from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Oramo

Saturday saw the BBC Symphony Orchestra open their 2013/14 season with an evening of firsts. Not only was this Sakari Oramo’s first Barbican season concert as Chief Conductor, but the programme placed a première by leading “spectral” composer Tristan Murail alongside Shostakovich’s First Piano Concerto and Mahler’s First Symphony.
***11
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Opening of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Gergiev Festival

Rachmaninov’s symphonic poem The Isle of the Dead is an intense piece of music. Inspired by a painting by Böcklin, Rachmaninov tells us of the journey to the underworld. The first moments of the piece are crucial to any performance, and Valery Gergiev lead the Rotterdam Philharmonic into a heavy and emotionally laden rendition.
****1
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