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Records available

Eduard Tubin. Works for Violin and Piano. Vol 1

Keyboard Juggleress (Irina Zahharenkova, DVD)

Ad patrem meum (Anna-Liisa Bezrodny, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, DVD)

Arsis. Legend

Magic of Sound (Ralf Taal)

Maria Magdalena (Sevara Nazarkhan, Riga Dom Cathedral Boys Choir, State Choir Latvija, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra)

Joy and Sorrow Unmasked (European Union Baroque Orchestra, Lars Ulrik Mortensen)

Vivaldi senza basso (Baltic Baroque)

Vivaldi opera quinta (Baltic Baroque)

The Best of Arsis Bells (Arsis, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian National Male Choir, Aivar Mäe)

Faust (Ain Anger, Estonian National Opera)

Modigliani − the Cursed Artist (Estonian National Ballet, Risto Joost)

TallinnSinfoniettaMustonen GLASPERLENSPIEL SINFONIETTA

Founded by ERP, its employer and trade mark owner, initially as a festival Orchestra, it has by today grown into the only constantly performing and touring privately run Orchestra in Estonia.

“For me, an orchestra is not a static form but a living organism of musicians, one whose members enhance and affect each other.”
Andres Mustonen, Artistic Director


See also: Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta concert schedule


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Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta’s birth is related to the ideas of Artistic Director, Andres Mustonen and his yearslong willingness to embrace the music with high emotional level, to give the audience unforgettable memories they are never expected to get from classical music concert. The Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta’s unique artistic style encompasses not only the masterworks of the classical repertoire, but innovative cross-art form projects and a vigorous commissioning program. The orchestra’s repertoire spanning over centuries, entwines old music with new, from Bach to Tüür, from Corelli to Piazzolla.
Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta introduces to the listeners the music from the past as a live, breathing, joyful organism and proves that every type of music could bring freshness to the mind, warm the soul and give energy. It is only up to thinking and attitude. The resulting sense of energy and individuality is one of the most commented-upon elements of Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta concert experience.
Andres Mustonen’s conducting style is unusual for its spontaneity, improvisation and radiant artistry. He expresses his unique world-vision and perception of music in every single piece. His activity as a conductor follows the timeline of music history from early to contemporary music, putting the stress on oratorios, passions, dramas and symphonic music.  Andres Mustonen has developed a wide circle of musician friends with whom he shares ideas and principles. He says, “I never share the stage with someone I don’t know, don’t consider my friend or don’t love”.
During the last years Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta performed in Switzerland and Austria, in Italy and Finland, in Germany and Belgium, in Brazil and Chile, in Argentina and Uruguay and also took part at international music festivals like Ars Musica in Brussels, Festival Pianistico Internazionale di Brescia e Bergamo, Mittelfest and Emilia Romagna in Italy, Oleg Kagan International Music Festival in Kreuth am Tegernsee in Germany, Saint Petersburg Easter Festival in Russia, Iitti Music Festival in Finland, Riga Music Festival Artissimo in Latvia.
Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta has played on many prestigious stages in Europe, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Grand Hall of Saint Petersburg Philharmonia in Russia, Cologne Philharmonic Hall among them, getting high acclaim for each concert.
In Estonia Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta played at International Tallinn Organ Festival, at Suure-Jaani Music Festival, at Kuressaare Chamber Music Days and Mustjala Music Festival in Saaremaa and of course at Festival Glasperlenspiel  in Tartu.
Glasperlenspiel Sinfoniettas' Artistic Director and Chief Conductor is Andres Mustonen.

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Discography

Imagetext ARVO PÄRT. PILGRIM’S SONG
Award: Record of the Year 2009! (Estonia)
Together with Chamber Choir Voces Musicales and Risto Joost
ERP 2309
player Arvo Pärt Pilgrim’s Song, fragm, 4 min 3 sec, mp3
DVDTallinnSinfonietta107 DVD: CHARITY CONCERT FOR THE VICTIMS OF THE GREAT TOHOKU EARTHQUAKE AND TSUNAMI
Together with Girls’ Choir Ellerhein, Neeme Punder (bamboo flute), Villu Veski (saxophone), Tammo Sumera (live electronics) and conductor Jüri Alperten
2012 Estonia-Japan Association
See from YouTube  live video A Chant of Bamboo by Peeter Vähi player and Songs of Hope 11032011 by Imre Sooäär player
imagetext CANTUS ANGELICUS
Together with Heldur Harry Põlda (boy-soprano) and conductor Risto Joost
Bach, Bach-Gounod, Caccini, Gluck, Schubert, Chopin, Franck, Adam, Fauré, ...
ERP 5312
imagetext DVD AD PATREM MEUM
Together with Anna-Liisa Bezrodny (violin) and conductor Mikhail Leontyev
Mozart. Violin Concerto No 3 in G major
ERP 6013
Watch player a fragment (11 min 1 sec) of live video recording on YouTube
Imagetext FRIDRICH BRUK. IN THE FINNISH MODE
Poem
Together with conductor Risto Joost
F&NB CD-12
player Poem for 10 Soloists, fragm, 2 min 33 sec, mp3

Watch the live video recording: Peeter Vähi’s In memoriam HM conducted by Andres Mustonen (5 min 59 sec)
Watch the live video recording at Mittelfest 2011 (3 min 10 sec)
Watch the live video recording: Peeter Vähi’s Forty-two conducted by Andres Mustonen, oboe solo − Olev Ainomäe, video by Jüri Tallinn (7 min 3 sec)

Download photos: Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta in Tartu 2013 (jpg, 300 dpi, RGB, 7.2 MB, photo by Valeri Parhomenko), Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta in rehearsal 2013 (jpg, 300 dpi, RGB, 5.2 MB, photo by Valeri Parhomenko), Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta with Kristjan Järvi at Tallinn Music Week 2016 (jpg, 300 dpi, RGB, 15 MB, photo by Peeter Vähi), Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta in Lithuania 2014 (jpg, 300 dpi, “black-and-white” RGB, 2.2 MB, photo by Vytautas Petrikas), Sinfonietta in St John’s church (jpg, 300 dpi, RGB, 5.6 MB, photo by Ahto Sooaru), Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta with Andres Mustonen (jpg, 300 dpi, RGB, 8.5 MB, photo by Ahto Sooaru), Sinfonietta at Glasperlenspiel Festival (photo-collage, jpg, 300 dpi, RGB, 7.1 MB, photo by Ahto Sooaru)

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Neutral choice of media reviews

GlasperlenspielSinfoniettaGreecePhotoPVahiWith the Te Deum /.../ they are going to be measured against the version on ECM /.../ which must be acknowledged as the benchmark recording. /.../ Even the sound quality can be compared, not unfavorably, to ECM’s unsurpassed standards. Performance 5/5, Recording 5/5 (Barry Witherden, BBC Music Magazine, 2010, the UK)

... 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 − A World of Classical Music, 24.01.14, UK, whole article)

This openness was apparent throughout the Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta’s performance, which began with Estonian composer Peeter Vähi’s Reminiscences of Youth... Järvi’s interaction with the orchestra was skillful and controlled while also conversational; he led the young musicians in a crisp yet vivacious performance. /.../ The interaction between orchestra, especially the prominent percussion instruments, and the percussive sounds of the turntables quickly devolved into mimicry and bickering. /.../ He pulled faces and threw up his hands at Switch, wandered through the orchestra miming what he wanted individual musicians to do during the improvised bits, and eventually leaped off the stage into the audience, grabbing the hands of audience members (including President Ilves) and pulling them to their feet. (Rebecca Lentjes, I Care If You Listen, 15.04.16, whole article)

Die Musik blüht auf zu spirituellen Höhen /.../ im Wechsel von Männerchor und Orchester /.../ im titelgebenden “Wallfahrtslied”. Berauschend das “Magnificat”, grandios das “Te Deum”. Wertung: ***** (12.06.10, Achener Zeitung, Germany)

This 2009 disc from ERP features the chamber choir Voces Musicales and the Tallinn Sinfonietta (now known as the Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta)... This is a very finely performed disc and I am extremely glad to have made its acquaintance. Risto Joost and Voces Musicales deliver some very fine singing indeed, combining superb control with expressivity and making Pärt’s music really count, and they are finely supported by the Tallinn Sinfonietta. This disc of Estonian forces performing music by one of Estonia’s greatest composers is certainly work seeking out. (Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill − A World of Classical Music, 15.02.14, UK, whole article)

... Sinfonietta impart just the right amount of tension to Ein Wallfahrtslied but also manage to play an understated supporting role on the recording’s weightiest work, the Te Deum. (Pwyll ap Siôn, Gramophone, 12 / 2010, UK)

... Sinfonietta musizieren unter der Leitung von Risto Joost in einer derart kundigen wie intensiven Art, dass man denken möchte, die nationale Herkunftz sei von Vorteil oder gar unabdingbar für ein überzeugendes Ergebnis. (neue chorzeit, 2 / 2011, Germany)

... Sinfonietta spielten /.../ zwei Werke der estnischen Komponisten Arvo Pärt und Erkki-Sven Tüür und ermöglichten damit Einblicke in die Klangkultur des Orchesters. /.../ 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 be-ge-leidt 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)

Klaaspärlimängu” avakontserdi sisustas Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta /.../ kontsert lõi seniste Tartus toimunud festivalide publikurekordi. Kava oli huvitav. /.../ Täpse, kuid väljendusrikka žestiga Leontjev lasi Mozarti muusika võlul maksvusele pääseda. /.../ 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 /.../ pala lõpetati uhkelt. /.../ 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, whole article)

Orkestrikontsertide hingeks oli ergas, võimekas ja entusiastlik Klaaspärlimäng Sinfonietta − kontsertmeister Sigrid Kuulmann), millest õhkus ehedaimat musitseerimislusti. Seda viimast dirigendid igatsevad ning ei Andres Mustonen ega USAs tegutsev serblane Darko Butorac jätnud seda kasutamata − tulemuseks tõeline muusikaelamus. (Alo Põldmäe, Sirp, 02.08.13, Estonia, whole article)

... Vähi viiulikontsert oli täidetud välja­kutset pakkuvate detailidega ja kõik teose osad mõjusid ka eraldi läbimõeldud tervikuna. Orkester mängis Andres Mustoneni juhatusel ilmekalt ja ka publikul oli üllatuslikult täita väike muusikaline roll orkestrantidega kaasa plaksutades. (Anna Humal, Sirp, 1 / 2010, Estonia, whole article)

Kauni terviku moodustab plaadi ulatuslikem teos “Te Deum” /.../ ülistuslaul suurele loojale. /.../ pühaliku hoolega vormib orkester instrumentaalseid saarekesi. (Kersti Inno, Muusika, 1 / 2010, Estonia)

Vabakutseline muusikaajakirjanik Robert Hugill kiitis... Õhtu kõige meeldivam üllatus oli Hugilli jaoks Klaaspärlimäng Sinfonietta. “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)

... 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. Kontserdi suurima elamuse sain Galina Ustvolskaja eepilis-ekspressionistlikust Kontserdist klaverile, timpanitele ja keelpilliorkestrile (1946): tõsise inimese muusikasse valatud kõne tõsistest asjadest. (Mart Jaanson, Sirp, 05.08.11, Estonia, whole article)

Üheks intrigeerivamaks kuulamis­kogemuseks sai Estonia galakontserdil kõlanud Bachi kahe viiuli kontsert d-moll BWV 1043... ... Klaaspärlimäng Sinfonietta Toomas Vavilovi taktikepi all oli solistidele tähelepanelik ja usaldusväärne saatja. Siiski oleks nende Bachi-tõlgendusse soovinud rohkem nüansse, vähem ühtlase usinusega esitatud kaheksandiknoote, rohkem dünaamilist reljeefsust. (Saale Fischer, Sirp, 10.01.15, Estonia, whole article)

Toomas Vavilovi juhatatud Klaaspärlimäng Sinfonietta justkui kommenteeris soolot ja lasi Angeril väärikalt oma osa laulda. Selle teose esitus oli kindlasti kontserdi tipp. (Sandra Kalmann. Muusika, 2 / 2015, Estonia, whole article)

Klaaspärlimäng Sinfonietta koosneb umbes 25st mängijast. Orkestri kohta väike koosseis, mis muudab eranditult kõik lavalolijad asendamatuteks. Nad kõik mängivad kui solistid. Vahelduseks oli ka tore näha, et klassikalise muusika kontserdil on inimesed laval mingites muudes toonides kui mustas − orkestri naised kandsid kauneid värvilisi kleite ja meestelgi olid ees kirjud lipsud. (Greesi Langovits, Postimees, 10.02.15, Estonia, whole article)

Sama orkestrit juhatas Serbia juurtega ameeriklane Darko Butorac, aga orkestril oli hoopis teine käik ja ilme. ... kõik oli selgemast selgem, pärl sädeles ja muusika säras kiirete käikude särinas nii Mozarti Divertismendis /.../ kui ka Klaverikontserdis /.../, milles soleeris Lisa Smirnova, Venemaalt pärit Viinis elav pianist. (Virge Joamets, Muusika, 8−9, 2013, Estonia)

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