Magazine article Gramophone

Dvorak * Schumann: Dvorak Piano Concerto, Op 33 B63

Magazine article Gramophone

Dvorak * Schumann: Dvorak Piano Concerto, Op 33 B63

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Dvorak * Schumann Dvorak Piano Concerto, Op 33 B63 Schumann Piano Concerto, Op 54 (a) Francesco Piemontesi pf BBC Symphony Orchestra / Jiri Belohlavek

Naive [F] V5327 (74' * DDD) (a) Recorded live at the Barbican, London, December 1,2012

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Naive's pianist signing is the latest advocate for the Dvorak

This is the second disc of this unlikely coupling to come my way in the past two years. Martin Helmchen with Marc Albrecht on Pentatone turned in a noteworthy account of the Schumann and a revitalising one of the Dvorak in its original version, as here on Naive (as opposed to the more widely played revision of the solo part by Vilem Kurz). This new release is very much its equal. Helmchen pushes forward just that bit more in the Schumann and offers a more fiery first-movement cadenza; the talented Swiss Piemontesi, though, benefits from a wonderfully realistic piano sound--too forwardly placed, some may think--which captures his creamy tone production and tapered phrase-endings to good effect. It's a live concert performance, apparently, though with no audible hint of an audience. …

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