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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)



Glasperlenspiel presents:
Sun, March 25th, 2018 at 5 pm in Kaarli kirik (Charles’ Church), address Toompuiestee 4, Tallinn
Palm Sunday Concert
Johann Sebastian Bach − ST JOHN PASSION, BWV 245

Anto Õnnis (Evangelist, tenor), Jaanika Kuusik (soprano), Evelin Ester (mezzo-soprano), Tõnis Kaumann (baritone), Alvar Tiisler (bass), Piret Aidulo (organ), Tallinn Boys Choir (chorus master Lydia Rahula), chamber choir Collegium Musicale (chorus master Hendrik Üksvärav), Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, conductor Andres Mustonen


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.

AndresMustonen250Andres 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, Symphonieorchester des Bayerische Rundfunks, 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, René Eespere 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

Download: Andres Mustonen (photo by Peeter Vähi, ca 2000, jpg, 300 dpi, RGB, 3.7 MB), Andres Mustonen (photo by Vytautas Petrikas, 2013, jpg, RGB, 300 dpi, 3.4 MB)



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
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
Hortus Musicus Academic Orchestra
1997 Tallinna Vesi, Hortus Musicus
player #10, Händel, Water Music, Prelude, 2 min 3 sec, mp3
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
State Choir Latvija, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra
2005 F&N Bruk FBNBCD-9
Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, State Choir Latvija, Heli Veskus, Gabriel Suovanen
F&NB CD-12
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:

player Johann Michael Haydn. Missa pro defunctis MH 155 / Requiem aeternam, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Chamber Choir (Arte)
Peeter Vähi. In memoriam HM, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, video by Jüri Tallinn (5 min 59 sec)
player Together with Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta (Tallinn Sinfonietta) at Bozar Festival, Brussels
Peeter Vähi. Forty-two, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta (7 min 3 sec)
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)

Known for his indomitable energy, Andres Mustonen will always keep his audience on its toes, playing works rarely heard in the concert hall or offering a different view on repertoire familiar to the concert-going public. /.../ And the program held another surprise: a setting of the Chaconne from J. S. Bach’s Partita No. 2 for violin BWV 1004... As he played the well-known virtuoso piece with vim and vitality... (Pamela Hickman, 02.03.17, Israel, 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)

Центральным событием нынешноего фестиваля, судя по количеству художественных отркытий, стал гала-концерт в Большом зале консерватории, где публика услышала сочинения тройки хедлайнеров. Ими однозначно стали Пярт − Григорьева − Вяхи. /.../ Музыканты эстонского музыкального коллектива «Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta» под руководством Мустонена удалось подчеркнуть скупую выразительность сочинения, с его опорой на напряженную «семантику каданса», параллельно-переменный лад и узнавемую интонационно-гармоническую пластику православных церковных песнопений... (Мария Кузнецова, Музыкальная жизнь, 10 / 2016, Russia, 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)

Liigne ajastu- ja allikatruudus pole Andres Mustoneni kunagi kammitsenud, aga mida aeg edasi, seda rohkem on ta kaldunud ajastu- ja kultuurideülese crossover’i poole, tehes seda siiski moel, mis on Hortus Musicuse väljenduslaadi sisuliselt algusest peale iseloomustanud. (Joosep Sang, Muusika, 2 / 2018, Estonia)

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)

... 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. /.../ Viiulikontsert... suundub edasi Venemaale... (Anna Humal, Sirp, 12.08.16, 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 HM”)... (Riina Luik, Postimees, 16.02.14, Estonia, whole article)

Mitme teose viiuli­solistina demonstreeris Mustonen harukordset musitseerimisrõõmu ja oskust samaaegselt kollektiivi ühel lainel hoida. (Alo Põldmäe, Sirp, 24.07.15, 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).

See also interview with Andres Mustonen (Lev Ryzhkov, Sputnik, 05.10.16, Russia, in Russian language)


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See also other recordings of Andres Mustonen: Early Music of 3rd Millennium, 2000 Years After the Birth of Christ