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Described as a ‘stellar Mozartian’ Francesco Piemontesi finds a perfect partner in the Scottish Chamber Orchestra whose impeccable Mozartian credentials are widely acknowledged. Piemontesi has performed Mozart extensively over the last year, including a critically acclaimed 2015 BBC Prom, a Mozart cycle at London’s Wigmore Hall which commenced in January and Mozart concertos with the SCO which The Herald awarded five stars. 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. Conductor Andrew Manze, well known as a HIP pioneer, shares Piemontesi’s approach to creating an authentic performance, making this somewhat of a Mozart dream team. Francesco Piemontesi is a pianist of exceptional refinement of expression, which is allied to a consummate technical skill. Piemontesi is widely renowned for his interpretation of Mozart and the early Romantic repertoire. 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 and his boundless energy, mark him out. The SCO is a world-renowned orchestra with an outstanding reputation for Mozart; its extensive discography features Robin Ticciati, Charles Mackerras, Elizabeth Watts and Ingrid Fliter.

Presto Classical Recording of the week award

"'...every semiquaver [is] perfectly in place, performed with crystal clarity.'"
Presto Classical
"...Manze and Piemontesi are so compelling in this that I found myself appreciating the work more."
MusicWeb International, 9 April 2018
"4* - Piemontesi’s polished playing is alert with exactly the kind of spontaneity essential to great Mozart performance."
The Guardian, 6 August 2017
"Recording of the Week: Piemontesi makes it all seem so effortless; I constantly marvelled at the flexibility of his left hand, with every semiquaver perfectly in place, performed with crystal clarity. It's such a graceful, clean sound."
Presto Classical, 11 August 2017
"Album of the Week: I think the result is top class."
Classic FM, 14 August 2017
"4* - The artist’s captivating soft playing is equally in touch with the music’s inner soul."
Financial Times, 18 August 2017
"Choice: Here again, his sympathy with the style and ethos of the Salzburger's music simply sings from the speakers."
Gramophone, September 2017
"Manze’s adroitness as orchestral accompanist remain as ironclad as ever with these Mozart concertos granted a very persuasive advocacy, even in the teeth of some impressive competition."
CD Choice, 7 September 2017
"4* - The level of detail Piemontesi and Manze achieve is striking...this is far from a superfluous Mozart concerto recording, and it announces an important new Mozart interpreter."
All Music, 11 September 2017
"4* - Both pianist and conductor bring a high intelligence to bear...fully absorbing."
The Irish Times, 13 September 2017
"Francesco Piemontesi's playing is mostly magnificent, though, with crystalline clarity, radiant tone and eloquent phrasing...In the fine and intriguing cadenzas...he shines with surety of purpose."
BBC Music Magazine, October 2017
"Sound Quality 80%: The later work, often disparaged, emerges here as a sparklingly fresh and Manze's winds balances are telling in both concertos."
Hi-Fi News, 20 November 2017