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Piano Concerto in D Minor K466. By the beginning of the 1780's the piano concertos had become the most fashionable of concert pieces. On the 9th of March 1785 Mozart described his latest composition simply as: "A Piano Concerto". This extraordinary understatement belies the remarkable achivement of his Piano Concerto in C Major K467, written only one month after he had completed the magnificent Piano Concerto in D Minor K466. Mozart had managed to produce two equally brilliant works, one after the other, reflecting extreme contrast of emotion with the D minor full of passion and contrast and the C major with an air of calm and elegance. The K466 is the first of only two Piano Concertos written in key minor and is a vivid expression of some of Mozart's most heartfelt music and it is perhaps the reason why this work has been performed by so many of the following century's musicians. The work as a whole is full of memorable themes, with the first movement - Allegro creating an emotionally charged atmosphere. The second movement - Romance brings us back to calm with its lovely melodies, in preparation for the intensively passionate "fireworks" of the third movement - Allegro Assai.

Sonata for Piano in B Flat Major K281. Because of the Andante amoroso, this sonata is one of Mozart's most unusual. The first movement - Allegro with it's light mood, displays the enormous range of Mozart's musical imagination. The second movement - Andante amoroso, which displays so much depth of feeling and love, could suggest that the Sonata was actually written in 1777, the year Mozart fell in love with the 16 year old soprano, Aloysia Weber. The third movement - Rondeau: Allegro is full of charm and fun and requires to be performed by a pianist with a light touch and great technical ability.

"A Musical Joke" in F Major K522. Sometimes called the 'Village Musicians' , it was written for 2 violins, viola, bass and 2 horns and completed on the 14th June 1787. Being the fun loving person he was, Mozart paints a gently ironic picture of the work of a mediocre composer being performed by enthusiastic amateur musicians. While maintaining a complete 4 movement structure the piece includes a number of compositional deviations easier detected by an expert than by the ordinary listener. However, anyone hitting two neighbouring notes on a piano will hear a jarring discord. By placing the instruments in 4 different keys at the same time, Mozart lands his unlucky village musicians with a number of sharp discords still happily unaware of the chaotic conclusion to come in the last three chords. In the third movement - Adagio cantabile it is clear that Mozart found it difficult to maintain the role of the less than able composer, as this movement is remarkably beautiful and again underlines the musical genius of Mozart.

Concerto No. 20 for Piano
in D Minor KV 466
Sonata for Piano
in B Flat Major K 281
A Musical Joke for 2 Violins,
Viola, Bass & 2 Horns KV 522


Rondeau: Allegro Assai



Andante Amoroso
Rondeau Allegro
Total time 70:00



Menuetto (Maestoso) Trio
Adagio Cantabile


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Andrei Pisarev, Piano 
1st Prize in the International Mozart Competition 1991, Salzburg  
The New Russia Orchestra, Andre Tchistiakov Conductor

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Moscow Radio Studio Five,  1/1996 
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