On 12 June 2015, SPANNUNGEN: in Heimbach, Germany presents the world premiere of Olli Mustonen’s Piano Quintet, performed by Christian Tetzlaff, Florian Donderer, Harmut Rohde, Gustav Rivinius and Mustonen as pianist. The performance will be broadcast live by Deutschlandfunk.
Mustonen composed and performed his first piano concerto at the age of just twelve, and is now widely known as a talented composer, pianist, conductor and teacher. His musical aesthetic is similarly comprehensive, described by Finnish musicologist Susanna Välimäki as a polystylistic language that ranges “from Baroque to minimalism…from late Romanticism to a new spirituality”.
The Piano Quintet is structured in three movements: a fast-paced first movement, ‘Drammatico e passionate’, is contrasted by a contemplative and chromatic Andantino, followed by a Finale that incorporates themes from both preceding movements. The piece ends with an exultant hymn-like melody. Mustonen describes his experience of great music as akin to “losing oneself in untouched nature”.
In Mustonen’s music the commonplace becomes sacred in the blink of an eye; with a shimmer of light the ordinary is transformed into the mysterious. Each and every one of Mustonen’s pieces is a journey into oneself. – Susanna Välimäki
The Piano Quintet was jointly commissioned by SPANNUNGEN:, Wigmore Hall and O/Modernt festival in Sweden. Following the performance in Heimbach, the work will be performed on 17 June 2015 in Stockholm and the UK premiere is planned for 2017 at Wigmore Hall.