Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 25 and 26
Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K503
Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, K537 ‘Coronation’
Performed by Francesco Piemontesi (piano), with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Andrew Manze conducting.
Pianist Francesco Piemontesi finds a perfect partner in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra whose impeccable credentials are widely acknowledged. Conductor Andrew Manze shares Piemontesi’s approach to creating an authentic performance, making this somewhat of a Mozart dream team.
Francesco Piemontesi is a pianist with amazing expression, which is combined with excellent technical skill. He has performed Mozart extensively recently, including a critically acclaimed 2015 BBC Prom, 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 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.
Andrew Manze has rapidly emerged as one of the most stimulating and inspirational conductors of his generation. Manze’s extensive and scholarly knowledge of the repertoire, together with his rare skill as a communicator.
Here is Francesco Piemontesi performing the Concerto number 26 by Mozart: