Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 19 & 27, Rondo K. 386

Andrew Manze, Francesco Piemontesi, Scottish Chamber Orchestra

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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.


Francesco Piemontesi, piano
Andrew Manze, conductor
Scottish Chamber Orchestra

Tracklist

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1.
Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major K. 459: I. Allegro
12:21
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Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major K. 459: II. Allegretto
07:16
3.
Piano Concerto No. 19 in F Major K. 459: III. Allegro assai
07:59
4.
Rondo in A Major K. 386
09:06
5.
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-Flat Major K. 595: I. Allegro
14:12
6.
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-Flat Major K. 595: II. Larghetto
06:42
7.
Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-Flat Major K. 595: III. Allegro
09:27

Total time: 01:07:03

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CKD622M

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Robert Cammidge

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Julia Thomas

Recording Location

Usher Hall, Edinburgh, UK, on 2–4 March 2019

Recording Producer & Engineer

Philip Hobbs

Release DateJuly 5, 2024

Press reviews

The Sunday Times

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.

BBC Radio 3

Piemontesi’s understated approach is a delight – the phrasing and articulation is clear and precise and musical.

Gramophone

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.

The Times

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.

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