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Mozart: Piano Works / Francesco Piemontesi

Mozart
Release Date: 04/29/2014 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 5367   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Francesco Piemontesi
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MOZART Fantasy in d, K 397 . Piano Sonatas: No. 6, K 284; No. 15, K 533/494 . Rondo in D, K 485 . Rondo in a, K 511 Francesco Piemontesi (pn) NAÏVE 5367 (60:08)


This is my second encounter with this compelling young Swiss-Italian Read more pianist, and I continue to be impressed by his original, even iconoclastic, approach to standard repertoire. I reviewed his Avanti label release of a recital of music by Handel, Brahms, Bach, and Liszt last year, and praised his “very beautiful and stylish pianism.” Interestingly, that is not at all how I would describe this Mozart playing, although it is certainly technically poised. But Piemontesi does not stress the beauty of the music, not even in the proto-Romanticism of the great A-Minor Rondo. His tempos are crisp, and his rhythmic architecture is taut. There is no sense of over-dramatization. He also does not attempt to mimic a fortepiano by lightening his touch. His dynamic range is as appropriate for Brahms as it is for Mozart.


As I have noted before, Mozart, as much as any composer, works very well when the performer reads the score faithfully and lets the composer speak for himself. On the other hand, the style of the fantasy and the two rondos that are on this program do allow for some degree of personalization, and I found myself wanting some degree of “acting” in these performances. At least Piemontesi is consistent, and overall, I found this cool approach to be quite refreshing.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Piano no 6 in D major, K 284 (205b) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Francesco Piemontesi (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
2.
Sonata for Piano no 15 in F major, K 533 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Francesco Piemontesi (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
3.
Rondo for Piano no 3 in A minor, K 511 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Francesco Piemontesi (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Rondo for Piano no 1 in D major, K 485 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Francesco Piemontesi (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Fantasia for Piano in D minor, K 397 (385g) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Francesco Piemontesi (Piano)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 

Sound Samples

Fantasia in D Minor, K. 397
Piano Sonata No. 6 in D Major, K. 284: I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 6 in D Major, K. 284: II. Rondeau en polonaise: Andante
Piano Sonata No. 6 in D Major, K. 284: III. Theme and variations
Rondo in D Major, K. 485
Rondo in A Minor, K. 511
Piano Sonata No. 15 in F Major, K. 533 + K. 494: I. Allegro
Piano Sonata No. 15 in F Major, K. 533 + K. 494: II. Andante
Piano Sonata No. 15 in F Major, K. 533 + K. 494: III. Rondo: Allegretto, K. 494

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