The time of rigid demarcations between musical genres is over. For those who see music, indeed who love music as a universal language offering unlimited scope for human expression, this can only be a positive development. When one considers the jazz pianists of our time, they have just about all received their grounding in classical music, and yet these are musicians who don’t just traverse many different jazz styles, they can also roam at will into other genres. And looking among them, it would be hard to find a pianist as quintessentially complete as Iiro Rantala from Finland.The 49-year-old, who first studied jazz piano at Finland`s reknown Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, and then classical piano at the Manhattan School of Music in New York, has always shown a tendency to regard the entire history of music as a treasure trove which ca…line up

Iiro Rantala / piano
The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen
conducted by Jonathan Bloxham
Recording Information

Recorded by Adrian von Ripka at Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Bremen, 2-6 January 2019
Assistant engineer: Harald Schmidt-Reinthaler
Mixed and mastered by Adrian von Ripka
Technical support: Bauer Studios, Ludwigsburg
Executive Producer: The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen

Cover art by Mimmo Paladino, used with the kind permission of the artist