29th of March

New recording: Liszt Années de pèlerinage released on Orfeo

Francesco’s latest recording is released on double CD and DVD by Orfeo on 13 April. The album features Liszt’s “Première année: Suisse” from Années de pèlerinage and Deux Légende: St. François de Paule marchant sur les flots, combined with a documentary by French filmmaker Bruno Monsaingeon.

The Années de pèlerinage are widely considered to be among Liszt’s great works. The title refers to Goethe’s novel Wilhelm Meister’s Journeyman Years and Liszt clearly places the work in line with the Romantic literature of his time, prefacing most pieces with a literary passage from writers such as Schiller, Byron or Senancour. In an introduction to the complete work, Liszt wrote:

“Having recently travelled to many new countries, through different settings and places consecrated by history and poetry; having felt that the phenomena of nature and their attendant sights did not pass before my eyes as pointless images but stirred deep emotions in my soul, and that between us a vague but immediate relationship had established itself, an undefined but real rapport, an inexplicable but undeniable communication, I have tried to portray in music a few of my strongest sensations and most lively impressions.”

Click here to watch a preview of Monsaingeon’s documentary below.

The album is released in the UK on 1 June 2018.

9th of March

Tour of Germany & the UK with SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart

Francesco joins Sir Roger Norrington and the SWR Symphonieorchester Stuttgart for a tour of Germany and the UK this month, beginning with two concerts at the orchestra’s home in Stuttgart on 8 and 9 March. They then visit Mannheim and Freiburg before travelling to the UK for concerts in Cardiff, Basingstoke and London, where the tour culminates at Cadogan Hall.

During the tour, Francesco performs Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3, part of a programme that also features Beethoven’s famous ‘Eroica’ Symphony and German composer Jörg Widmann’s Con Brio.

Francesco ends March with another tour, this time with Emmanuel Krivine and the Orchestre National de France. The tour begins at the Festival de Pâques in Aix-en-Provence and also includes concerts in Paris and Dijon, with Francesco the soloist in Richard Strauss’ Burleske in D minor.

10th of February

Recital at La Seine Musicale

Francesco returns to Paris on 13 February to perform in recital at the city’s new hall, La Seine Musicale. He performs a programme of Schubert’s last piano sonatas, which he also performs at Wetzikon in his native Switzerland on 3 February.

Following the recital in Paris, Francesco brings his Schubert programme to the Societe de Musique la Chaux de Fonds for a recital on 18 February.

2nd of February

Debut with the London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Mark Elder

Francesco joins Sir Mark Elder and the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican Centre on 8 February for his debut concert with the orchestra. He performs Bartók’s Piano Concerto No.3, which he performed with the Dresden Philharmonic and Marek Janowski in December.

Francesco’s last concert under Sir Mark Elder came with the Hallé Orchestra in 2016, performing Dvorák Piano Concerto in G minor. Bachtrack wrote:

 “Piemontesi’s playing was in turn assertive and reflective and he dazzled in the dramatic first movement cadenza. The Andante sostenuto second movement was striking for its memorable opening melody, played first by horn and stings and then by the piano, and for the dramatic dialogue between piano and orchestra. The finale was dominated by dance-like themes and took us to an exhilarating conclusion”

13th of December

Bartók with the Dresden Philharmonic

Francesco begins 2018 in Dresden, joining Marek Janowski and the Dresden Philharmonic for two concerts on 13 and 14 January. Francesco performs Bartók’s Piano Concerto No.3, which is followed on the programme by Bruckner’s Ninth Symphony. Francesco recently performed with Janowski in November, when he joined him and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra to perform Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.2.

Other highlights for Francesco in the new year include another performance of the Bartók concerto in London with Sir Mark Elder and the London Symphony Orchestra in February, concerts in Portland with the Oregon Symphony and a European tour with Sir Roger Norrington and the SWR Symphony Orchestra, visiting Mannheim and Freiburg in Germany as well as Cardiff, Basingstoke and London. A second tour follows in April, when Francesco joins Emmanuel Krivine and his Orchestre National de France for concerts in Paris, Dijon and the Aix-en-Provence Easter Festival.

29th of November

Solo recital at the Berliner Philharmonie

Francesco returns to Berlin this month for a recital at the city’s Philharmonie on 8 December. His programme for the recital focuses on Liszt and includes excerpts from his Années de pèlerinage and his Deux légendes No.1 St. François dʼAssise: la Prédication aux oiseaux. Also on the programme are Busoni Toccata, Helmut Lachenmann 5 Variations on a theme by Franz Schubert and Schubert Piano Sonata in B flat major, D.960. Francesco performs the same programme at the Frankfurter Hof in Mainz on 1 December.

The recitals are Francesco’s final performances of a highly successful 2017 that has featured his debuts with orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Pittsburgh Symphony as well as return performances across Europe and the United States. He also released a critically acclaimed album of Mozart Piano Concertos with Andrew Manze and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. He returns to the stage on 13 January with Marek Janowski and the Dresden Philharmonic, performing Bartók’s Piano Concerto No.3.

6th of November

Liszt in Frankfurt & Munich

Francesco performs Liszt’s Piano Concerto No.2 in Frankfurt and Munich this month. On 16 and 17 November, he joins Marek Janowski and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra for two concerts at Frankfurt’s Alte Oper, and then the following week he performs the concerto with Cristian Măcelaru and the Orchestra of the Bayerische Staatsoper on 20 and 21 November. Francesco also performs in the Netherlands this month, returning to Rotterdam for two concerts at De Doelen with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and their Chief Conductor Designate, Lahav Shani. Francesco joins the orchestra to perform Ravel’s Piano Concerto.

On the recital stage, Francesco returns to Copenhagen for a duo recital at the Mogens Dahl Concert Hall with cellist Daniel Müller-Schott on 6 November. Together they perform three sonatas by Brahms: his Cello Sonatas 1 and 2 and his Violin Sonata in D.

17th of October

Beethoven with the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich

Following his debut with the orchestra at the Stresa Festival earlier this summer, Francesco rejoins the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich for three performances this month. He joins the orchestra and conductor Charles Dutoit to perform Beethoven Piano Concerto No.3 at Zurich’s Maag Halle on 18, 19 and 20 October.

Elsewhere this month, Francesco returns to London’s Wigmore Hall to continue his Mozart Odyssey. In this latest installment of his critically acclaimed series, Piemontesi performs Mozart’s Rondo in D major, 9 Variations on a Minuet by Duport and Piano Sonatas 13, 16 and 18. The Sunday Times praised Francesco’s “immaculate weighting of tone” and “rapturous precision” in an earlier concert in the series.

Francesco then completes a busy month with two recitals at the Hotel Pilatus-Kulm in Lucerne on 28 and 29 October, performing sonatas by Schubert.

20th of September

Debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Francesco makes his debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra on 20 September, performing at the Helsinki Music Centre. Francesco performs under the baton of Andrew Manze, with whom he recently recorded Mozart Piano Concertos No.25 and No.26 with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for their latest recording on Linn Records:

“These are lively, stylish performances, alert to every fleeting change of mood. Piemontesi plays with the vivacity of a young man and decorates the solo parts sparingly, but his captivating soft playing is equally in touch with the music’s inner soul.”
Financial Times

“Piemontesi’s polished playing is alert with exactly the kind of spontaneity essential to great Mozart performance. Lithe and without fuss, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra makes clear from the opening bars that this is historically informed Mozart with an updated feel. Andrew Manze, one of the most versatile musicians around, is the perceptive conductor.”

Elsewhere this month, Francesco performs Brahms Piano Concerto No.1 with the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra and Philippe Herreweghe in Bruges and Antwerp on 22 and 24 September. He also returns to the Settimane Musicale di Ascona, of which he is the Artistic Director, for a recital with Louis Lortie on 25 September.

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