Chamber Orchestra of Europe – Matthias Pintscher conductor – Emanuel Ax piano – Kate Royal soprano – Benoît Rameau tenor – Otto Katzameier bass
Masques et bergamasques, op. 112 Gabriel Fauré
Piano Concerto no. 20, KV 466 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Andante spianato et Grande polonaise brillante, op. 22 Frédéric Chopin
Pulcinella Igor Stravinsky
Composer Matthias Pintscher sits on the shoulders of conductor Matthias Pintscher. The composition of this programme is the work of someone who creatively seeks out musical connections and strong constructions. The music of Fauré, Mozart, Chopin and the neoclassicist Stravinsky goes particularly well with his clear analytical reading of the score. That the approach comes across as anything but cold and sterile indicates the synergetic effect with world star, Emanuel Ax. His energetic and playful character is well suited to Mozart’s 20th Piano Concerto, and his Polish blood courses even faster through his veins in Chopin’s Andante Spianato and Grand Polonaise.