If you want to get to the bottom of the cheerfulness and gallantry in Mozart’s oeuvre, you can do no better than taking as a contrast one of his compositions that has always been described as gloomy and demonic.
Putting aside the often-cited vocal heavyweights such as “Don Giovanni” and Requiem, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, K. 466 occupies a distinguished position as a resonant counterpart to the charming music he wrote for social occasions in that it takes on a new dimension in his instrumental music. The choice of a minor key, unusual for a concerto, lends a dramatic tone to the composition, whereby the soloist and orchestra engage with one another in sharp contrast.
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.
Recording: August 1957 in Marlboro, Vermont
|Piano Concerto No.20 In D Minor, K.466|
|Rondo; Allegro Assai|
|Piano Concerto No.11 In F Major, K.413|
|Tempo di Menuetto|