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Lisa MacKinney
Limelight, June 2017

Finnish pianist Paavali Jumppanen’s formidable repertoire includes cycles of Mozart and Beethoven, his Boulez Sonatas are critically acclaimed, and he is a vigorous champion of new music. Jumppanen’s scholarly and voracious approach is reflected in meticulously researched liner notes for this fourth instalment in his cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas.

These are deeply thoughtful readings, restrained and delicate, less volcanic than is often the case but with absolute technical precision and nuance. This is particularly evident in what the pianist terms the “enigmatic arpeggios” of the Tempest Sonata, which in his hands are more rippling than tempestuous and replete with contemplative pauses. © 2017 Limelight Read complete review



Brian Reinhart
MusicWeb International, November 2016

Paavali Jumppanen has a very particular flavor of Beethoven, cool and laid-back but extremely precise and carefully articulated. In the framework of this style, he is a great success. © 2016 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Radu A. Lelutiu
Fanfare, September 2016

This is playing of enormous integrity and good taste, and unless you believe that there is only one way to play Beethoven, I bet that you will enjoy Jumppanen’s discs. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Jed Distler
Gramophone, June 2016

Despite an expansive tempo for the Adagio grazioso, the music buoyantly moves forward by virtue of Jumppanen’s strong left-hand underpinning and by avoiding slackening or tapering the fast decorative right-hand passagework. The term grazioso returns in a lyrically parsed finale. © 2016 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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