Timo Andres’ piece, which features the cellist Inbal Segev performing with the Metropolis Ensemble, is based on John Vanderlyn’s “Panoramic View of the Palace and Gardens of Versailles” (1818-19), a massive painting on nearly 2,000 square feet of canvas that requires its own circular gallery in the Met’s American Wing.
“Andres lets his imagination fill in the gaps, and creates a lovely amalgam of Mozartian classicism and modern pianistic sensibility.”
“The centrepiece of this latest collection is a perfect example of Andres's playful intelligence and individuality.”
The centrepiece of this album by American pianist/composer Timo Andres is Mozart's “Piano Concerto No. 26 in D”, for which he provides the missing left-hand piano parts and cadenzas, an ambitious and confident performance resulting in a compelling blend of ancient and modern.
“Thought-provoking glimpses into how the past and the present merge in classical music today.”
This 2008 concerto brims with rhythmic play and crackling energy, but it also dips into intimate interplay between soloist and orchestra — still vibrant, but all the more intense for its closely held energy. The New York-based Metropolis Ensemble, led by conductor Andrew Cyr, provides amiable companionship, as well as a group of devoted kindred spirits in Andres' forward-pressing quest.