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Jaan Rääts. Marginalia (Kalle Randalu, Sven Grünberg)

Arvo Pärt. Pilgrim’s Song (Voces Musicales, Tallinn Sinfonietta, Risto Joost)

Peeter Vähi. A Chant of Bamboo (Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Neeme Punder, Slava Grigoryan, Risto Joost)

Eduard Tubin. Works for Violin and Piano. Vol 1 (Sigrid Kuulmann, Marko Martin)

Keyboard Juggleress (Irina Zahharenkova, DVD)

Ad patrem meum (Anna-Liisa Bezrodny, DVD)

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AndresMustonen250ANDRES MUSTONEN

Conductor

Estonian conductor, violinist, multi-instrumentalist... Artistic director of the ensemble Hortus Musicus and the festival MustonenFest − Baroque!?
“I never share the stage with someone I don’t know, don’t consider my friend, or don’t love.” (A Mustonen)

 

Biography

Andres Mustonen (b 1953) graduated as a violinist from Tallinn Music High School in 1972 and Estonian Academy of Music with Prof Endel Lippus in 1977, and continued the studies of Early Music in Austria and the Netherlands.
In 1972 it led to founding the early music consort Hortus Musicus, which gives vital performances even today. Since the founding of the ensemble, Hortus Musicus and Andres Mustonen have been performing constantly on the world’s concert stages and at music festivals: the Utrecht Festival, the Malmö Baroque, concerts in Prague, Saint Petersburg and Moscow, performances at the Mozart-Fest in Chemnitz, the Jaffa Festival in Israel, the Lufthansa Baroque Festival in London, the Scottish Early Music Festival in Glasgow, the Lockenhaus Festival in Austria, the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, the Glasperlenspiel Festival, Riga International Sacred Music Festival. In these years Andres Mustonen and Hortus Musicus have succeeded in storing their work on 30 records by Warner Classics, Melodiya, Erdenklang, Forte, Antes, ERP and others.
ImagetextAndres Mustonen is partly a solo violinist, but mostly a conductor, whereas the latter post has been developed via a career of a performing artist and musician. Mustonen conducts the leading orchestras of Finland, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Latvia and Lithuania, Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra, the chamber orchestra Moscow Virtuosi, the Great Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra of Moscow Radio, the Russian National Academic Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, the St Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Sinfonietta Rīga, the Musica Viva Academic Chamber Orchestra, the Bayerische Rundfunken, the Helsinki City Orchestra, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, etc. During many years, Andres Mustonen has worked together with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, and the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, also with Estonian National Opera.
Mustonen has gone through and performed the music history both as a performer and a conductor. He transfers his musical experience of history to performances of classical, romantic and new music. This is but not the new music that infatuated young Mustonen in the early 1960s, when his interest lay in the avant-garde and the happening. It is the harmonic new music created by გია ყანჩელი (Giya Kancheli), Philip Glass, 武満 徹 (Takemitsu Tōru), Владимир Мартынов (Vladimir Martynov), Ավետ Տերտերյան (Avet Terterian), and Валентин Сильвестров (Valentin Silvestrov). Several composers have dedicated their work to him. Mustonen is in close creative contact with many Estonian composers − Erkki-Sven Tüür, Peeter Vähi, Arvo Pärt, and Galina Grigorieva − also giving premières of their new works.
Making music, Mustonen can be characterised by spontaneity, improvisation and radiant performance. “For me an orchestra is not a static form but a living organisation of musicians, one whose members enhance and affect each other.”
Mustonen’s repertoire includes pieces of early music as well as of new music, which he often premières. He places a special significance on religious oratory masterpieces from Baroque to the modern day: Bach, Mozart, Bruckner, Penderecki, Tavener, Knaifel.
In time, Andres Mustonen has developed a wide circle of musician friends with whom he makes music: Natalia Gutman, Alexei Lubimov, Michel Lethiec, Inesa Galante, Yuri Bashmet, Gidon Kremer, Pascal Gallois, Seppo Kimanen, Jaakko Ryhänen, Maacha Deubner, Monica Groop, Patrick Gallois, Michala Petri, Sergei Stadler, Oleg Kagan, Viktor Tretiakov, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, Ivan Monighetti, Eliso Virsaladze, and others.

1988 − Annual Prize for Music
1995 − Estonian State Cultural Award
1996 − Musician of the Year (Estonian Radio)
1998 − IV Class Order of the White Star of the Republic of Estonia
2003 − Prize of Estonian Music Council
2000 − Honorary Citizen of Tallinn

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Recordings

ResurrectionOfMozart107 RESURRECTION OF MOZART
Paul Badura-Skoda, Rotislav Krimer, Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Andres Mustonen
2014 ERP 7614
player #4, Symphony in G minor No 40, Mov IV, fragm, 3 min 9 sec, 320 kbps
Imagetext WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART. REQUIEM
Inese Galante, Antra Bigača, Viesturs Jansons, Egils Siliņš, arranged and conducted by Andres Mustonen
2007 Carmina Baltica
player Requiem aeternam / Dies irae / Tuba mirum, fragm, 2 min 26 sec, mp3
player Lacrimosa, fragm, 2 min 42 sec, mp3
Imagetext GEORG FRIEDRICH HÄNDEL. VEEMUUSIKA / WATER MUSIC
Hortus Musicus Academic Orchestra
1997 Tallinna Vesi, Hortus Musicus
player #10, Händel, Water Music, Prelude, 2 min 3 sec, mp3
Imagetext FRIDRICH BRUK. NORDIC LEGENDS (double-CD)
Liepaja Symphony Orchestra
2007 ERP 1307
player Symphony No 6, Birds of Passage, Mov III, fragm, 104 sec, mp3
player Symphony No 7, Kalevala by Artist Alex Gallen-Kallela, Mov II, 3 min 4 sec, mp3
Imagetext FRIDRICH BRUK: A WANDERING MINSTREL (double-CD)
State Choir Latvija, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra
2005 F&N Bruk FBNBCD-9
Imagetext FRIDRICH BRUK. IN THE FINNISH MODE (double-CD)
Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, State Choir Latvija, Heli Veskus, Gabriel Suovanen
F&NB CD-12
Imagetext PEETER VÄHI. TO HIS HIGHNESS SALVADOR D
Hortus Musicus Academic Orchestra
1997 Antes Edition Classics BM CD 31.9086
player Peeter Vähi. Concerto piccolo, fragm, 2 min 26 sec, mp3, 2.3 MB
player Peeter Vähi. In memoriam HM, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, violinist and conductor Andres Mustonen, fragm, 2 min 41 sec, mp3, 2.3 MB
player Alexander Knaifel. Kapitel Acht, State Choir Latvija, Mixed Choir Kamēr, Riga Dome Cathedral Boys Choir, Patrick Demenga (cello), fragm, 3 min 48 sec, mp3

Andres Mustonen on YouTube:

playerJohann Michael Haydn. Missa pro defunctis MH 155 / Requiem aeternam, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Chamber Choir (Arte)
player Together with Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta (Tallinn Sinfonietta) at Bozar Festival, Brussels
player Benjamin Britten. Violin Concerto, Magdalena Filipczak (violin),  Symphony Orchestra of  Estonian Academy of Music, Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn
player György Ligeti. Lux Aeterna, State Choir Latvija, Sep 6th, 2011, Brussels

Press resonance

... a pair of works played by the Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta directed by Andres Mustonen. ... the orchestra gave it a very vibrantly brilliant performance. (Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill, 24.01.14, UK, whole article)

In Haydns Sinfonie Nr. 60 in C-Dur kehrte der musikalische Leiter Andres Mustonen vor allem die komödiantische Seite des Werkes hervor. Das Publikum reagierte begeistert. /.../ Dabei kam die Pianokultur des Kammerorchesters gut zur Geltung und es wurde deutlich, dass Andres Mustonen viel Erfahrung mit dieser Art klangflächiger Musik hat. /.../ Minimalistisch und teilweise mit tänzerischer Rhythmisierung zeigte sich das Kammerorchester Tallinn gelenkig in der Stimmenausgestaltung. (Kultur, 2011, Austria, whole article)

De strijkers van de Tallinn Sinfonietta bereiken een opperste concentratie. De sfeer is sereen maar de spanning is te snijden. Subliem. /.../ Mustonen laat begaan en begeleidt de soliste door muzikale meanders die uitmonden in duizelingwekkende draaikolken. Indrukwekkend. (Milo Derdeyn, 04.04.11, Belgium)

... ka visinteresantāk bija klausīties pašu pirmo programmā iekļauto skaņdarbu − Mocarta divertismentu Fa mažorā. To nodrošināja ne tikai Mocarta ģenialitāte, bet arī Mustonena ekspansīvā muzicēšana, piešķirot skanējumam īpašu intensitāti un baznīcas akustikas apstākļos spējot izveidot pārskatāmu frāzējumu un dramaturģisko arhitektoniku. Tāpat arī pilnskanīgs un atraisīts sniegums raksturoja interpretāciju Pučīni elēģijas “Krizantēmas” liriskajām lappusēm. Andresa Mustonena vadītā "Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta" atskaņojuma emocionālo piepildījumu nezaudēja visa koncerta gaitā − stīgu orķestris, kura spēle izcēlās ar siltu, dziedošu toni, precīzi atsaucās diriģenta īstenotajai muzikālās domas virzībai... (Armands Znotiņš, LA, 13.08.13, Latvia, whole article)

... kas kõike tehtutki pole ühe inimese jaoks liiga palju? Kas pole tegemist talendi liigse killustumisega? Või koguni hea maitse piiridest väljumisega? Oh ... Need küsimused on asjatud, lihtsalt see on Mustonen – mees, kes ei talu muusikas reegleid, piiranguid ja konventsioone, mees, kes on alati VABA ning USUB siiralt oma tegemiste õigsusesse. Erakordse veenmisjõuga vahendab ta publikule seda, mis ANTUD ÜLALT. Ja see enamasti TOIMIB, iseäranis eelarvamusvaba publiku peal väljaspool Eestit. (Peeter Vähi, Sirp, 20.01.12, Estonia, whole article)

Andres Mustoneni /.../ veidi ekstsentrilisena mõjunud orkestri ette tormamine ja loo lennult lahtilöömine oli ilmselt mõeldud efektina publikule, kuid mõjus minu meelest hoopis kerge ehmatusena orkestrile /.../ Järgmisena kõlas /.../ Peeter Vähi Flöödikontsert "Taevase järve laul" (1999). /.../ Selle teose juures mõistsin Mustoneni dirigeerimisstiili eeliseid, sest oma temperamendiga pani ta muusikale elu sisse ja hoidis seda seal lõpuni. /.../ kiiretes osades sai nautida dirigendi võimet luua täpseid atakke ... Kontserdile pani ilusa punkti Mozarti Divertisment F-duur, KV 138: muusika oli kaasakiskuv ja dirigent andis orkestri kaudu sellele veelgi hoogu juurde. (Mart Jaanson, Sirp, 10.08.12, Estonia, whole article)

... juhatas Andres Mustonen Tallinn Sinfoniettat, kavas eri rahvusest heliloojate-dissidentide muusika. /.../ Ehkki Mustoneni dirigeerimisstiil mõjub veidi pealetükkivana, oli tulemus igati kvaliteetne. Aeglase, vaikse ja enamasti heakõlalise muusika fraasid olid hästi välja joonistatud. (Mart Jaanson, Sirp, 05.08.11, Estonia, whole article)

Vabakutseline muusikaajakirjanik Robert Hugill kiitis... Olen briljantselt kõlanud orkestrist ja suurepärasest dirigendist Andres Mustonenist täiesti lummatud, nagu ka äärmiselt huvitavatest teostest, mida ette kanti (Erkki-Sven Tüüri “Illusion” ja Peeter VähiIn Memoriam Helle Mustonen”)... (Riina Luik, Postimees, 16.02.14, Estonia, whole article)

Avakontserdi juht Andres Mustonen oli tõeline energiapomm ja demonstreeris muusikast osasaamise rõõmu kõikides teostes. Eriti aga Joseph Haydni Sümfoonias nr 60, kus Haydn on kasutanud oma muusikat J. Regnard’i komöödiale “Arulage mees”. (Alo Põldmäe, Sirp, 02.08.13, Estonia, whole article)

Sama orkestri teist kontserti dirigeeris Andres Mustonen, leopardisärgis orkestri ette sööstes ja uljalt muusikasse sukeldudes, Mozarti keelpillidivertismentides kõiki helilooja vimkasid ja vallatusi rõõmsalt võimendades, kihutades sellise hoo ja pööretega, et teele jäänud detailide uurimiseks ei jäänud eriti mahti. (Virge Joamets, Muusika, 8 / 9, 2012, Estonia).

Tema ideede lennukus ja vilumus neid teostada on kadestamisväärne nagu ka tema originaalsus, s.t võime näha maailma ebastandardse nurga alt. Kõik see annab tunnistust tema suurest loomingulisest potentsiaalist... Kui eelnenud festivalide järelkajadest õhkub mõningast rahulolematust (Eesti barokkmuusika puritaanid on siiani ärevil), siis arvan, et selleks pole enam põhjust. /.../ Mul on siiralt hea meel, et maestro on leidnud väljundi, mis vastab tema tajumisvõimele ja muusikalise informatsiooni töötlemise viisile. See kutsub mind respekteerima tema stiili, sest ta toimib inimesena, kes on avatud süsteem... (Marju Riisikamp, Sirp, 10.02.12, Estonia, whole article).

 

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