Schumann, Dvorak: Piano Concertos / Francesco Piemontesi, piano; BBC SO, Belohlavek

> Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 - I. Allegro affettuoso
> Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 - II. Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso
> Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54 - III. Allegro vivace
> Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33, B. 63 - I. Allegro agitato - Poco tranquillo - Tempo I - Poco tranquillo - Tempo I
> Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33, B. 63 - II. Andante sostenuto
> Piano Concerto in G minor, Op. 33, B. 63 - III. Finale: Allegro con fuoco - Poco sostenuto - Tempo I

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54
>Dvorak, Antonin : Concerto for Piano in G minor, Op. 33/B 63
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In April 2012 Piemontesi was named Best Newcomer at the BBC Music Magazine Awards, and in presenting his student with the award, Alfred Brendel praised "a young pianist with real talent, a pianist of natural poise and grace, of wonderful technical equipment, and of the ability to remind us what beautiful playing means: cantabile playing that is colorful, luminous and harmonious, without in the least lacking tension and atmosphere." Francesco Piemontesi's debut album on Naïve is dedicated to two of the most renowned piano concertos of the Romantic era.

BBC Music Magazine, August 2013
His performances in these two warm-hearted concertos amply display his pure-spirited, intelligent artistry...Piemontesi makes an even more satisfying impression when he lets his hair down a little.

Gramophone Magazine, August 2013
Piemontesi benefits from a wonderfully realistic piano sound - too forwardly placed, some may think - which captures his creamy tone production and tapered phrase-ending to good effect... Listening to Piemontesi...makes you wonder if it isn't time the Dvorak gained a place in the regular concerto repertoire.

International Record Review, September 2013
Piemontesi is a very gifted young player and his account of Schumann's original masterpiece ranks highly- always intensely musical and respectful of the score, deeply felt, producing a performance that will give much pleasure.

MusicWeb International, 4th September 2013
It's a performance full of vivid imagery, refined lyric tracery and dancing rhythms. Some teasing pianistic rubati - faithfully followed by the conductor - ensure that nothing is metrical, and that the wind tapestry in particular sounds authentically Czech...If you are keen to hear the Dvorßk original - or maybe it's better to say 'Original, mark II' - then go for this Naive release which comes complete with excellent notes by Ludmila Smidovß.

Sunday Times, 2nd June 2013
Schumann's concerto never fails to enchant... and Piemontesi brings to it an exquisite lyricism.

American Record Guide, November/December 2013
To this (mostly) illustrious list, we may now add one more. It's clear right from his opening statement that Piemontesi has this seemingly thankless task well in hand, and what's more is fortunate to have as willing and committed partner the noted Czech conductor Jiri Belohlavek, who is obviously in love with this music too and consistently coaxes a warm, comfortable sound from his British players.

The Independent, 22nd June 2013
Piemontesi's crisp articulation is matched in the characterful playing of the BBC SO's clarinet, flute and oboe principals, the cadenza of the Schumann exquisite. Belohlvek's balancing of orchestra and soloist is near-ideal.



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>Schumann, Robert : Concerto for Piano in A minor, Op. 54
  • Performer: Francesco Piemontesi (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 31 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1841
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Antonin Dvorák (1841 - 1904) : Concerto for Piano in G minor, Op. 33/B 63
  • Performer: Francesco Piemontesi (Piano)
  • Conductor: Jirí Belohlávek
  • Notes: Composition written: ?08/??/1876-09/14/1876.
  • Running Time: 39 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Concerto