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Robert Cummings
Classical Net, April 2018

Hannu Lintu draws fine, highly detailed performances from the very fine Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Ondine provides excellent sound reproduction. This is a splendid issue and caps a most compelling cycle of the five Prokofiev piano concertos. Recommended. © 2018 Classical Net Read complete review



Phillip Scott
Fanfare, March 2018

…the contribution of Hannu Lintu and his Finnish forces is beautifully shaped, and recorded with supreme clarity. Lintu is interested in detail too, but never distorts the music to the extent that his soloist does. In fact, just as you begin to tire of Mustonen’s idiosyncratic emphases and underlining, Lintu’s orchestra steps in to save the day. Yet there is no denying the two musicians’ close musical bond: Together they make coherent sense of the episodic third and fourth movements of No. 2. They produce an exciting if brittle performance of the Fifth Concerto, which has brittleness virtually written into it, making it more of a divertimento than usual. © 2018 Fanfare Read complete review




Jed Distler
ClassicsToday.com, December 2017

As with his earlier release containing Prokofiev’s First, Third and Fourth Concertos, Olli Mustonen approaches the composer’s Second and Fifth with fresh eyes, ears and fingers, abetted by Hannu Lintu’s fastidious podium support. From the Second Concerto’s outset, you’ll notice Mustonen’s healthy yet intelligently proportion rubato, and his pulling inner voices out of the gently rollicking left hand accompaniment. As the movement unfolds, every detail seems to be have thoroughly vetted, from the Allegretto’s colorfully differentiated levels of detaché to one of the clearest performances of the dauntingly thick cadenza I’ve ever encountered. © 2017 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



Jim Westhead
MusicWeb International, November 2017

Of the virtuosity of the performers there can be no doubt, and the recording is absolutely brilliant, as befits the many colours of Prokofiev’s scoring, and I admit that after several hearings I very much enjoy it. But at first hearing I found Mustonen’s sudden changes of emphasis and tempi, particularly in the first movement, to be a bit surprising.

…the recording is impressive with an excellent balance between soloist and orchestra. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, August 2017

This disc completes Olli Mustonen’s cycle of the five Prokofiev Piano Concertos. My review of the first disc last September had many reservations, while respecting his very personal view of each work. Here I am more happy, primarily because both concertos respond to his clinical transparent style of playing, his approach akin to chamber music, that, once again, avoids the pounding of the keyboard that has become norm in Prokofiev. The massive technical difficulties of the Second are here laid bare as every note is made so clear, even when the printed page is almost jet black with notes. As in the previous release, his tempos are unhurried, though the mercurial scherzo is a dazzling display of dexterity, and I like his deliberate approach to the following Intermezzo, though the finale is hardly Prokofiev’s ‘tempestuous’ marking. The Fifth shares with the Second its place among the composer’s least performed concerto scores, but it responds well to Mustonen’s objective and staccato approach, his splashes of sound in the opening movement contrasting with a jog-trot reading of the second movement, the following toccata taken at a modest tempo. A wispish approach to the Larghetto leads to a thoughtful final Vivo. The orchestra, directed by Hannu Lintu, is in total accord with the soloist, and if these are not my preferred recordings, both discs make us listen to the concertos afresh, and for that we thank Mustonen. © 2017 David’s Review Corner





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