Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos 25 & 26 review: Knock me Amadeus!

Wed, Sep 13, 2017, 17:01


Mozart Piano Concertos Nos 25 & 26

Francesco Piemontesi; Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Andrew Manze; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Linn Records

Children's Music

If you like easy-listening Mozart or have an affection for performances that are light or pretty in manner, then Francesco Piemontesi’s new coupling of the Concertos in C, K503, and in D, K537, is not for you.

Piemontesi and conductor Andrew Manze, with his background in period performing style, are probing, interventionist Mozarteans. Piemontesi numbers Alfred Brendel among his teachers, and his style is intense and rich enough in micro-detail to make even Brendel sound easy-going.

Both pianist and conductor bring a high intelligence to bear and make this often weighty and sometimes almost Beethovenian approach to Mozart fully absorbing.