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Beethoven “Emperor” Piano Concerto with Cleveland Orchestra and Andrey Boreyko

Guest artists strike bonds with Cleveland Orchestra on ravishing night at Blossom

by Zachary Lewis The Plain Dealer

August 5, 2019

“It’s hard not to give an exciting performance of Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto No. 5. So long as you’re equal to the score, the music all but guarantees a certain dynamic experience. Piemontesi went a few steps further, however. He played with grace, delicacy, and wonderful awareness of his musical partners… The sheer variety of pianistic touch was a joy to behold. Legato and pianissimo weren’t just smooth and soft here. In Piemontesi’s hands, they were silken and preciously quiet.”

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 19 with the Boston Symphony Orchestra

English Conductor, Swiss Pianist, Polish Composer debut with the BSO

by Zoë Madonna The Boston Globe

April 19, 2019

“Manze and the orchestra lit a fire under the piece. Piemontesi, on the other hand, took a calm and cerebral approach. Observing him play evoked the same feeling of awe I experience when watching principal ballet dancers in action. It was evident that Piemontesi pays exacting attention to form and technique, the effort exerted by each muscle, and each passage’s relationship to its surrounding musical landscape. Still, it sounded absolutely effortless. Even in the sparkiest moments, Piemontesi landed on the notes with a light bounce.”

CD Review: Liszt: Années de pélerinage; Première année - Suisse & Légende 2

 Recording of the Week,  Francesco Piemontesi performs piano music by Franz Liszt

by James Longstaffe Presto Classical

June 8, 2018

“…as ferociously loud as many of Piemontesi’s left-hand chords are, they are never just noise: you can still hear the notes in them, allowing the changes of harmony to come across. This is extremely invigorating to listen to; I can’t think of many other recordings that approach this level of turbulent frenzy.”

Dvořák's piano concerto with the Galicia Symphony

Eliahu Inbal, Francesco Piemontesi and the Galicia Symphony triumph with a program of contrasts

by Pablo Sánchez Quinteiro Bachtrack

April 29, 2017

“The entrance of the soloist, nostalgic and unconcerned in its first passages, was evidence of the musicality and dynamic exquisiteness of Piemontesi, who extracted from the piano a sound so clean and transparent and filled the room of the Palace of the Opera without the slightest difficulty. But it was in the heroic central passages of the movement in which Piemontesi, leaning on incisive winds, gave an overwhelming lesson in virtuosity. This culminated in a thriving cadence at which Piemontesi denied any topic about intractable difficulty of this work.”

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-flat major, K. 595 with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

CBSO, Symphony Hall, Birmingham

by Ivan Hewett The Telegraph

January 30, 2017

“Another factor that lifted this concert well beyond the ordinary was the presence of young Italian pianist Francesco Piemontesi. He gave a wonderfully winning performance of Mozart’s final piano concerto, faithful to the work’s dewdrop lucidity and gentle nostalgia, but irradiated with joie de vivre too, in the way he garlanded Mozart’s notes with stylish and witty flourishes of his own. The orchestra and Gražinytė-Tyla were alert to his every move.”

Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 with Los Angeles Philharmonic

Riveting Schubert and a sparkling debut at the Hollywood Bowl

by Rick Schultz The Los Angeles Times

August 12, 2016

“The concert opened with an unaffected, alternately sparkling and passionately inward rendition of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4, featuring Swiss pianist Francesco Piemontesi in his L.A. Phil debut.

Piemontesi, 33, counts Alfred Brendel and Murray Perahia among his mentors. Although he shares Brendel’s insistence on musical integrity and attention to detail and Perahia’s Romantic spirit, Piemontesi showed an unpredictable temperament all his own, beginning the famous hushed opening bars in the first movement Allegro with a brief glissando. For a moment, it wasn’t clear which concerto he was about to play. Perhaps intended as an attention-getter, Piemontesi’s gambit reduced any possibility of a too self-consciously poetic entrance before the orchestra replied.

Using Beethoven’s dramatic cadenza, the pianist also displayed a fiery quality, playing in ways that felt both epic and intimate.”

Recital at Queen Elizabeth Hall

Francesco Piemontesi, Queen Elizabeth Hall, review

by Ivan Hewett The Telegraph

November 8, 2012

“With some young pianists, native brilliance and joy in sheer digital dexterity sometimes runs ahead of musical intelligence. That’s never the case with Italian pianist Francesco Piemontesi. At the age of 29 he’s already a superbly self-possessed artist. He has technique to burn, but the striking moments in this recital – and there were plenty of them – owed nothing to the ‘wow’ factor.”