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Francesco Piemontesi Recommends

We delighted to have Francesco Piemontesi performing at Town Hall on Wednesday 16 March. Renowned for his interpretations of Mozart and Romantic repertoire, Piemontesi has performed recently performed with orchestras such as Leipzig Gewandhaus and Danish National Symphony as well as performing with conductors like Vladimir Ashkenazy and Sakari Oramo. We were lucky enough to catch up with Francesco ahead of his performance to discuss the music he’s listening to at the moment.

What is Francesco listening to…

Ingrid Haebler in her less-known late Denon recording of Mozart Sonatas. A great source of inspiration for my work.

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, my favourite musician, sings Donna Elvira´s 2nd aria with Furtwängler – unmatched!

A completely different Mozart sound with Herreweghe conducting this sublime Adagio from the Gran Partita

Fischer-Dieskau sings the opening of the Dichterliebe by Schumann with my mentor, Alfred Brendel. The way FiDi (as his colleagues called him) gives meaning to every word is a sheer masterclass.

An unforgettable performance of Schumann’s piano concerto. This little-known recording comes from a live concert in Geneva with Ansermet. As far as I know, this is Lipatti’s last performance with an orchestra.

Back to Schwarzkopf with another evocative song by Schumann.

Humour, perfect poise and understanding. This disc has always been a favourite in my collection. I don’t think that I have ever heard a better piano playing than in here.

A glimpse on Busoni’s playing (even if filtered by some unevenness in dynamic and timing due to the piano roll reproduction) reveals the sheer level of pianistic fireworks this great man could achieve.

One of Busoni’s best students in a recording of the Indian Diary. One can hear the finesse and the myriad of colours he could produce. I believe Busoni must have sounded similarly when heard in concert.