26 Oct 2018

MOZART: Piano Concerto No 21 in C K467

From Music Alive, 7:30 pm on 26 October 2018

It is universally accepted that Mozart is one of the greatest musicians of all time and that everything he touched - be it orchestral, vocal or instrumental - was transformed into models and sources of inspiration for composers who followed him.

Portrait of Mozart

Portrait of Mozart Photo: Barbara Krafft, Public Domain

The two years from February 1784 to March 1786 were a period of prolific creativity for Mozart.

Among the flurry of works that he composed in this two-year period were no fewer than 11 piano concertos, including this one which was completed in early March 1785.

Lars Vogt piano/director, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra

Leopold Mozart was present at the première and described his son's latest concerto as 'astonishingly difficult' to play, although these technical demands apparently caused Mozart little concern.

Recorded 26 October 2018, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington by RNZ Concert.

Producer: David McCaw

Engineer: Graham Kennedy