Iiro Rantala

Mozart, Bernstein, Lennon - CD

  • Format: CD
  • Cat No.: ACT 9868-2
  • Barcode: 614427986825
  • German Release: 27/04/2018
  • Genre: Piano Jazz, Jazz

When Rantala heard Mozart´s C Major Piano Concerto, KV 467, at a concert, he instantly fell in love with the piece. The pianist, who is also classically trained, had always dreamed of performing this concerto, so it was no surprise that when the opportunity came, he seized it with enthusiasm. And that much-lauded event is now available as a live recording.

CD € 17,50



Long before he had heard the whole of Mozart’s C Major Piano Concerto, Finnish jazz pianist Iiro Rantala had known the andante. “The second movement,” he explains, “is on the soundtrack to the James Bond Film ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’. It’s the scene where they show you the underwater city – and it’s my absolute favourite Bond film.”It was not until several years later that Rantala heard the whole concerto, KV 467, at a concert. When he did, he instantly fell in love with the piece. “The opening movement has something magical about it, it’s just a fantastic melody – and the music evolves as naturally as breathing.” His enthusiasm is evident: “All the themes, harmonies and rhythms of the work are composed with such perfection, it is almost preternatural.”The pianist, who is also classically trained, had always dreamed of performing this co...

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


Recording Information

Music by Iiro Rantala, unless otherwise noted
String arrangements by Teppo Ali-Mattila, except Karma by Iiro Rantala

Recorded live in concert
by Michael Leverkus. A Deutschlandfunk Kultur recording

Die Glocke Bremen, jazzahead! gala concert, 28.04.2017

Producer for Deutschlandfunk Kultur: Matthias Wegner
Mixed and mastered by Klaus Scheuermann

Cover art: Robert Wilson © 2006 “untitled” (Mozart) / ACT Art Collection
courtesy Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg / Paris / London