I. Rantala, L. Możdżer, M. Wollny. Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic I. Germany 2013

Iiro Rantala, Leszek Możdżer, Michael Wollny. Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic I. Germany 2013.

For the first time in its 25-year history, the Berlin Philharmonic Kammermusiksaal was completely sold out for a jazz concert, with an audience of 1200. Three pianists – Iiro Rantala, Leszek Mozdzer and Michael Wollny proved – as soloists, in duos and as a trio – that jazz can break down the rigid old borders between serious and entertaining music. They showed an audience of largely classical fans that, in no uncertain terms, classical and jazz are anything but opposites.


  • The album is dedicated to the memory of Norman Granz (Aug. 6, 1918 – Nov. 22, 2001) who invented Jazz at the Philharmonic in 1944.
  • Recorded live in concert at the Berlin Philharmonic (Kammermusiksaal), December 11, 2012
  • Presented by Stiftung Berliner Philharmoniker in cooperation with ACT
  • ACT would like to thank: Sir Simon Rattle, Martin Hoffmann and Alfred Brendel.

Album Reviews:

Tagesspiegel newspaper: it was an event with rarity value for Berlin

AllMusic: It is great proof that anyone with open ears and a true interest in music can enjoy a jazz concert – no matter what their musical background.

JazzTime:  It shows that jazz can reach more than the current one per cent of the music market when presented properly.

Gramophone: It’s great that nowadays different musical styles, genres and cultural influences no longer separate but rather mix and inspire each other. This was Norman Granz’s original idea in 1945.

YouTube Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzgdiyUbT2I
Artist              :Iiro Rantala, Leszek Możdżer, Michael Wollny
Album            :Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic I

Released        :May, 22, 2013

Label               :ACT ‎– ACT 9556-2

Country          :Germany
I. Rantala, L. Możdżer, M. Wollny Trio
Iro Rantala: Piano, El. Piano
Leszek Możdżer: Piano, El. Piano
Michael Wollny: Piano, El. Piano

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