Paolo Giocometti, Piano – Andrew Manze, cond. – Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra – July 11, 2012 – RNE-Radio, Madrid.
Over to Amsterdam by way of Madrid tonight for a live concert featuring The Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Andrew Manze and featuring Paolo Giocometti, piano. The concert was recorded and broadcast live by relay to RNE-Radio in Madrid on July 12, 2012.
The concert opens with the Overture to Don Giovanni by Mozart – and then Paolo Giocometti joins the orchestra in a performance of the Dvorak Piano Concerto. In the second half, the orchestra resumes with Janacek’s Suite For Strings from 1875 and concludes with Mozart’s Symphony Number 3, K.504
From his bio:
Paolo Giacometti has won many prizes at both national and international competitions. He has played with renowned orchestras under distinguished conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Kenneth Montgomery, Laurent Petitgirard, Michael Tilkin and Jaap van Zweden. Apart from his activities as a soloist, Paolo Giacometti’s love for chamber music has resulted in a successful co-operation with leading musicians such as Pieter Wispelwey, Gordon Nikolich, Janine Jansen, Bart Schneemann and Viktoria Mullova. Paolo Giacometti is a much sought-after musician at chamber music festivals in Europe, Canada and the United States. He has performed in concert halls all over the world including the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Teatro Colon (Buenos Aires), Wigmore Hall (London), Théâtre du Châtelet (Paris) and Seoul Arts Centre (South Korea).
Paolo Giacometti records exclusively for Channel Classics. His impressive discography has been widely acclaimed by the international press. His recordings include Rossini’s complete piano works, a remarkable project that started in 1998 and was completed in 2007. In Rossini’s homeland critics say: “… Rossini has finally found his pianist …”. For the third recording of this series Giacometti was distinguished with the Edison Classical Music Award 2001. His recording of Schumann’s Humoreske, Fantasiestücke and Toccata has received the BBC Music Magazine’s Benchmark and Performance of Outstanding Quality distinctions. His recording of the Dvorák and Schumann piano concertos have been acclaimed by Gramophone as “… one of the best concerto disks I have heard in a long while …”.
Among Paolo Giacometti’s chamber music recordings, his recordings with cellist Pieter Wispelwey have been awarded many prizes like the Choc du Monde de la Musique, Luister 10 awards and the Diapason d’or.
Also together with Pieter Wispelwey, Paolo Giacometti has been awarded the German Brahms Prize 2019.
Paolo Giacometti is a dedicated piano professor at the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule Düsseldorf.
From his Wikipedia Page:
Born in Beckenham, United Kingdom, Andrew Manze read Classics at Cambridge University. Manze studied violin and worked with Ton Koopman (his director in the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra) and Simon Standage (his teacher in the Royal Academy of Music). He began his musical career as a specialist in Early Music, and has recorded as a soloist for such labels as Harmonia Mundi. He became associate director of The Academy of Ancient Music in 1996.
From 2003 to 2007, he was artistic director of The English Concert, with whom he recorded commercially for Harmonia Mundi. He has also conducted recordings on labels such as Onyx and Pentatone. Manze was associate guest conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (BBC SSO) from September 2010 to August 2014, and recorded with the BBC SSO for Hyperion.
Outside of the UK, from 2006 to 2014, Manze was principal conductor and artistic director of the Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra. He made a number of recordings with them, including Beethoven’s Symphony No 3 (Harmonia Mundi), Stenhammar Piano Concerti (Hyperion), and a cycle of the Brahms symphonies (CPO). In September 2014, he became principal conductor of the NDR Radiophilharmonie. In March 2017, the orchestra announced the extension of Manze’s contract through to 2021. In February 2019, the orchestra announced a further extension of Manze’s contract to 2023.
Manze has been a fellow of the Royal Academy of Music and a Visiting Professor at the Oslo Academy. He has contributed to new editions of sonatas and concertos by Mozart and Bach published by Bärenreiter and Breitkopf and Härtel. He also teaches, edits and writes about music, as well as broadcasting regularly on radio and television. In 2011, Manze received the Rolf Schock Prize.
Enjoy the concert.
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