Piemontesi and Manze first came together with the SCO in 2011 and reunited two years ago for memorable Mozart concerts that led to a best-selling CD. Mozart’s their focus once more here – his last, mellow and magnificent piano concerto. The SCO is one of the world’s greatest Mozart orchestras and it finds an ideal foil in the freshness and spontaneity of Piemontesi’s playing. Manze adds a Scandinavian treat too: Stenhammar’s Serenade is nothing less than a love song to the city of Florence. He would not be drawn on the story behind the music but hinted “…It isn’t just the titles that are Italian.”
The perceptive conductor Andrew Manze is one of the most versatile musicians around.