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The Summer of the Sonata - Part Five

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Summer of the Sonata
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We have three more installments to our summer series on sonatas in August - this week's and next's are from the Gardner museum in Boston, and our last will be a Once Upon the Internet, featuring another complete album from the days of the original MP3.COM.

This week, we return to piano sonatas, and our performer is Finnsih pianist Paavali Jumppanen, often featured in the Gardner's music library.

Born in Espoo, Finland, Paavali Jumppanen began to play the piano at the age of five, studying at the local Espoo Music Institute and the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. After winning First Prize in Finland's national Maj Lind Competition in Helsinki in 1997, he worked with Krystian Zimerman at the Music Academy of Basel in Switzerland, where he was awarded the Soloist Diploma with the highest possible awards.

Mr. Jumppanen has since performed as soloist with all of Finland's orchestras, and he frequently appears with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Tapiola Sinfonietta and the Lahti Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Jumppanen frequently gives solo recitals and has performed numerous times in the prominent concert halls of Paris, New York, Vienna and London. He has appeared at numerous international music festivals, including the La Roque d'Antheron Festival in France, Kitayushu Chamber Music Festival in Japan, Oslo Chamber Music Festival in Norway and at the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival in Finland, where he is a regular visitor. Mr. Jumppanen also served a two-year post in 2004-05 as the Artistic Director for Finland's Lemi-Lappeenranta Music Festival.

I retained two pairs of sonatas by Beethoven and Mozart for our selctions this week.



Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Piano Sonata no. 8, in C minor, op. 13 (“Pathétique”)

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART (1756-1791)
Piano Sonata no. 7, in C Major, K. 309

Piano Sonata no. 12, in F Major, K. 332

Ludwig van BEETHOVEN (1770-1827)
Piano Sonata no. 29, in B-flat Major, op. 106 ("Hammerklavier")

Paavali Jumppanen, piano

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