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Francesco Piemontesi, SCO & Andrew Manze - Mozart: Piano Concertos 25 & 26 - Presto Classical


08 December 2017
Presto Classical
James Longstaffe

Everything that I admired about Piemontesi's previous recording - intelligent, articulate phrasing, tidy passagework and absolute precision in the faster sections - is brought across to these performances...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, and never smudgy.
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