Iiro Rantala – Mozart, Bernstein, Lennon (Live) (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/48kHz]

Iiro Rantala – Mozart, Bernstein, Lennon (Live) (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/48 kHz | Time – 01:15:58 minutes | 772 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Booklet, Front Cover | © ACT Music

Jazz pianist Iiro Rantala’s remarkable live album proves that barriers between musical genres needn’t exist. Electrifying performances of his own works, including the thrilling Freedom for prepared piano and orchestra, sit cheek-by-jowl with Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21. The latter is played with glorious swagger, Rantala’s own ingenious first-movement cadenza, by turns dream-like, witty, and charming, proving a brilliant foil to Mozart’s perfect artistry. The album is bookended with another genre-busting set: Bernstein’s overture to Candide, two of Rantala’s own pieces, again arranged for orchestra and piano, and a mesmerising solo fantasy on John Lennon’s Imagine.

1. pekka pohjola (Iiro Rantala) 07:23
2. freedom (Iiro Rantala) 09:27
3. piano concerto no.21, c major, kv 467: I allegro maestoso (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) 15:25
4. piano concerto no.21, c major, kv 467: II andante (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) 07:08
5. piano concerto no.21, c major, kv 467: III allegro vivace (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) 08:47
6. candide overture (Leonard Bernstein) 05:08
7. karma / everyone with a heart (Iiro Rantala) 10:08
8. tears for esbjörn Iiro Rantala) 05:57
9. imagine (John Lennon) 07:23

Iiro Rantala, grand piano
The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
Florian Donderer, violin & orchestra leader