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This is the eagerly awaited follow-up to Francesco Piemontesi’s summer 2017 release, Mozart Piano Concertos Nos. 25 & 26. This recording finds the ‘dream team’ of Piemontesi, Andrew Manze and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra back together for two further concertos: the graceful and sunny Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major and the mellow and magnificent Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, which was Mozart’s last. When Piemontesi performed No. 27 at the 2018 BBC Proms, The Independent commented: ‘Piemontesi gave a definitive performance … his sound was gloriously transparent throughout’. This well-established team garnered multiple accolades for their debut recording together (Benchmark Recording France Musique, Recording of the Year Presto Classical, Excepcional Scherzo, Editor’s Choice Gramophone, Album of the Week Classic FM) which increases the weight of expectation for this new recording. In addition the orchestra has recorded the Rondo in A major, K. 386, which only survived in the form of a piano arrangement by Cipriani Potter, whose father was a pupil of Mozart. Fittingly this piece was reconstructed by the SCO’s Conductor Laureate Sir Charles Mackerras in 1989 and it is this orchestral version which is performed here. Widely considered one of the world’s greatest Mozart orchestras, the SCO finds an ideal foil in the freshness and spontaneity of Piemontesi’s playing.

"... a fine new recording ... Piemontesi makes a great team with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra who are renowned for their Mozart performances."
RTE Lyric FM 'Sound Out'
"Album of the Week: Piemontesi ... establishes himself as a peerless Mozartian stylist of the younger generation, while Manze upholds the SCO's gold standard in Mozart."
The Sunday Times
"5* The moment this music bursts into action there is a charged brilliance that never dims ... There's simply never a dull moment."
The Scotsman
"The F major No 19, K459 ... is a perfect showcase for the balance that Manze achieves between this ensemble and the pianist, with the dialogue between the soloist and the SCO winds is constantly captivating."
The Herald
"One outstanding aspect for Piemontesi here is his ability to create beautiful gradations of piano: the subtleness in his softer dynamics still possesses a distinct, bell-like clarity."
The Classic Review
"4* The young Italian pianist pairs the cheerful with the more reflective in an enjoyable album ... it makes just as enjoyable a disc as its predecessor."
The Financial Times
"Piemontesi's understated approach is a delight – the phrasing and articulation is clear and precise and musical."
BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
"In places it may seem a little cool. Just as you think so, though, some harmonic turn, some fingery challenge suddenly inspires Piemontesi and the inspiration in a flash becomes molten, the involvement absolute."
"5* Francesco Piemontesi, an absolute master of the art that conceals art, playing the notes with such easy grace and limpid flow that he almost seems to be improvising."
The Times
"Lithe and spirited, the SCO players make excellent companions for their Swiss soloist, a performer in total, joyful command of his material ..."
The Observer
"Francesco Piemontesi's recordings of Mozart … with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra have established him as a young Mozart specialist to watch."
"One outstanding aspect for Piemontesi here is his ability to create beautiful gradations of piano: the subtleness in his softer dynamics still possesses a distinct, bell-like clarity."
The Classic Review
"The programme opens with K459, a bright and breezy work inhabiting the charming world of Mozart's happier operas. Beautifully executed, the intonation and ensemble are flawless. "
International Piano
"Piemontesi's reading is as detailed and engaging as anyone could wish, displaying his natural feeling for making music seem spontaneous and personal."
"This is wonderful, interesting playing. (…) The result is bracing and uplifting. "
American Record Guide