Available until 6 June 2022

Piano Concerto No 20

Mozart’s 20th piano concerto swirling between trembling drama and melancholic hope! Mozart’s father visited Wolfgang in Vienna in 1785 and reported home to his sister: “The concert was impeccable, the orchestra excellent. In addition to the symphonies, a singer from the Italian theatre sang two arias. Then came a new, extraordinary piano concert by Wolfgang. A copyist was writing the vocals even when we got there and your brother didn’t even have time to play the rondo with the orchestra, because he had to proofread the copies.”

The 20th piano concerto was almost the only one of Mozart’s concerts which was played in the 19th century, when romance became fashionable with stronger emotional expressions. And even today, this music captivates with its dramatic sounds and melodic melancholy.

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Programme

Mozart Piano Concert No 20

Participants

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Christian Zacharias conductor and piano