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Swiss-Italian Francesco Piemontesi is a pianist on a mission: to show that Mozart’s solo piano works ‘are among the best written pieces in the piano repertoire’. When the limpid theme of the D minor Fantasy appears (about a minute in), Piemontesi proves he is capable of delivering. It’s no accident that this piece, riven with desolation, is placed first, and it’s impeccably played and recorded. The contrast with the D major Sonata (K284) could hardly be greater. Bustling, busy and rendered here with superb articulation, this is a remarkable piece. The variation finale lasts nearly a quarter of an hour, during which Piemontesi projects a palpable sense of discovery. The programming of the two Rondos in between the sonatas is effective, the exquisite A minor in particular exuding greatness. But it is in the counterpoint- drenched first movement of K533/494 and its hyper-expressive Andante that Piemontesi shows his true calibre. The recording fully supports Piemontesi’s brilliance.

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