Release of Mozart Triple and Double Piano Concerti on SOMM Records


..’…..consistent interpretative quality of these artists, not least that of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, whose partnership is of a high order, the fine musicianship of Boris Brott adding to one’s heightened appreciation of what is, after all, a masterpiece.’ -Fanfare USA Magazine

I am extremely pleased to let you know that my newest recording has just been released by Somm records. It is with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in England with Internationally renowned pianists Valerie Tryon, Peter Donohoe and a discovery (for me) the wonderful young pianist, Dudley competition winner Mishka Momen.

It was a great honour to have been invited by producer Siva Oke to record these magnificent Mozart works: Mozart Concerto for two pianos K365 and the lesser known Concerto for three pianos K242.

The sessions were in October of last year, and form part of a series by Valerie of a number of solo works and concerti with the Royal Philharmonic for SoMM Recordings.
I know Valerie very well both as a pianist and dear friend as she has made her home in Hamilton, Canada, also my principal residence. Val has appeared as “Artist in Residence’ at our Brott Music Festival every year for the past 31 years and I look forward to performing the Grieg concerto with her this summer. To say she is a world treasure is overstating the obvious. Peter Donohoe and I have collaborated when I was Music Director of the Northern Sinfonia and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. It was a true joy to reconnect with him musically. He is one of the great pianists of our time.

Though I have concertized and recorded with other British Orchestras (The Philharmonia, BBC Symphony and London Symphony Orchestra) this was my first occasion to make music with the superb Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. They are one of the world’s greatest ensembles and their Mozart style, I hope you will agree, is just the right blend of the Classical and Romantic as Mozart’s glorious music requires.

All in all, a marvelous disc in which to have been involved in. A big thank you to Siva for thinking of it, and huge thanks to the recording team of Jeremy Hayes – producer – and Ben Connellan – sound engineer and editor.

And what music…! Most of us know that K365 and K448 (Sonata for two pianos unaccompanied) are both unique and special. But K242 (the Concerto for Three Pianos and Orchestra) is a revelation – this was a first performance for, I think, all four of us and I hope listeners will agree that it has an important place in the pantheon of Mozart’s incomparable music.

The recording is available at: https://www.somm-recordings.com/recording/mozart-piano-concertos-for-one-two-and-three-pianos/

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