New release: Piemontesi plays Mozart


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A somewhat 'Mozart dream team' - Pianist Francesco Piemontesi, Conductor Andrew Manze, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra - have produced a recording of Mozart Piano Concertos Nos 25 and 26 that has been met with critical acclaim.


"...Piemontesi’s polished playing is alert with exactly the kind of spontaneity essential to great Mozart performance." The Guardian

"...the Scottish Chamber Orchestra has great form when it comes to this music, and their performance here is, of course, immaculate." Presto Classical

"...his sympathy with the style and ethos of the Salzburger’s music simply sings from the speakers." Gramophone

"...intelligent, articulate phrasing, tidy passagework and absolute precision in the faster sections - is brought across to these performances." Presto Classical

Album of the Week: 'I think the result is top class.' Classic FM

"...The long years of collaboration between the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Charles Mackerras in Mozart have clearly spawned a vital tradition. In two of the late piano concertos young Italian pianist Francesco Piemontesi and conductor Andrew Manze carry on very much where Mackerras left off. These are lively, stylish performances, alert to every fleeting change of mood. Piemontesi plays with the vivacity of a young man and decorates the solo parts sparingly, but his captivating soft playing is equally in touch with the music’s inner soul." Richard Fairman, Financial Times 

Francesco Piemontesi 

Francesco Piemontesi is a pianist of exceptional refinement of expression, which is allied to a consummate technical skill. He has performed Mozart extensively recently, including a Mozart cycle at London's Wigmore Hall which commenced in January 2016 and continues in 2017 and Mozart concertos with the SCO. 

The Swiss pianist enjoys the particular insight into Mozart gaining a useful love of detail from his teacher Alfred Brendel, who was himself renowned for his masterly interpretations of Mozart. This recording couples consecutive yet contrasting works from Mozart's Vienna period: K. 503 represents the longest and most substantial of his concert masterpieces and K. 537 provides the soloist with an audience-pleasing cadenza.

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Andrew Manze

Andrew Manze is widely celebrated as one of the most stimulating and inspirational conductors of his generation. His extensive and scholarly knowledge of the repertoire mark him out, together with his rare skill as a communicator and his boundless energy.

As a guest conductor, Manze has regular relationships with a number of leading international orchestras, including the Munich Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Oslo Philharmonic, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Camerata Salzburg, and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. In September 2014 he became the Principal Conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie in Hannover. He was Associate Guest Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra from 2010 to 2014. 

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Album Details

  • Recorded at Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 6 to 8 January 2016
  • Recorded and Produced by Philip Hobbs
  • This recording was made possible with support from the SCO Sir Charles Mackerras Fund and the Usher Hall.