Piemontesi and Manze first came together with the SCO in 2011 and reunited two years ago for memorable Mozart concerts that led to a best-selling CD. Mozart’s their focus once more here – his last, mellow and magnificent piano concerto. The SCO is one of the world’s greatest Mozart orchestras and it finds an ideal foil in the freshness and spontaneity of Piemontesi’s playing. Manze adds a Scandinavian treat too: Stenhammar’s Serenade is nothing less than a love song to the city of Florence. He would not be drawn on the story behind the music but hinted “…It isn’t just the titles that are Italian.”
The perceptive conductor Andrew Manze is one of the most versatile musicians around.
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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, together with his rare skill as a communicator and his boundless energy, mark him out. After reading Classics at Cambridge University, Manze studied the violin and rapidly became a leading specialist in the world of historical performance practice.
Born in Locarno, Switzerland, Francesco Piemontesi is a pianist of exceptional refinement of expression allied to a consummate technical skill. Widely renowned for his interpretation of Mozart and the early Romantic repertoire, Piemontesi also has a close affinity too with the later 19th century and 20th century repertoire of Brahms, Liszt, Dvořák, Ravel, Debussy, Bartók and beyond. He appears with many of the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors at prestigious venues and Festivals. His recording of Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 25 & 26 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and Andrew Manze were released on Linn Records in August 2017.