Seong-Jin Cho’s newest album features repertoire by Mozart (Photo credit: Deutsche Grammophon)
On November 16, 2018, Deutsche Grammophon will release Seong-Jin Cho’s newest CD ‘Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 and Sonatas.’
The Piano Concerto in D minor K. 466 was recorded with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and its frequent guest conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The album also includes Mozart’s Piano Sonata in F major K. 332, Piano Sonata in B flat major K. 281, and the Fantasia in D minor K. 397.
Cho’s relationship with Mozart began in his childhood, listening to The Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro with his parents.
He shares “For me, Mozart has everything: his music has so many layers. When I listen to him I can feel all kinds of human emotions. For example, there are some parts of the D minor Concerto’s third movement where he uses the minor key, but then he turns to major notes and it gives such a different feeling: it’s as if he’s toying with the emotions. It’s genius.”
“When I play, I try to play with my heart, sincerely. I try to convey my feelings and emotion – I’ve always tried to tell a story to the audience,” he adds.
Seong-Jin met Yannik Nézet-Séguin last year in Baden Baden and immediately connected to the conductor’s rich interpretation of La clemenza di Tito. Cho said, “Yannick is such a good accompanist when he conducts opera that I knew he’d be a good accompanist for a pianist too – and I was right. He’s such a sensitive musician that he reacts very quickly if, for example, I play rubato and take a little more time over a phrase. While we were recording he suggested a number of ideas that really inspired me.”
You can pre-order the album here!
Available now, you can listen to a preview of the album, Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 3 in B-Flat Major, K. 281: 2. Andante amoroso, here!
Visit Deutsche Grammophon’s website for more information on the release.