Mozart's Piano Concertos are one of the finest examples of combining practical musicality with pure musical genius. He was composing them throughout his life. Hence they include wonderful youthful pieces, masterpieces of Mozart's Viennese years, and compositions of the last years when his concertos were described as coming from the pen of a genius.
Concertos No. 11, 12 and 13 were written by Mozart in 1782, several months after his arrival in Vienna. He created them with his own performances in mind, but, as we read in one of his letters, also with a specific Viennese audience in mind:
These concerts strike a happy balance between what is too easy and too difficult; they are brilliant, pleasant to the ear and natural, but not bland. There are passages here and there that only connoisseurs can derive satisfaction from. Still, these passages are written so that the less educated cannot be dissatisfied, although they do not know why...
The golden mean of truth in everything is neither wanted nor appreciated. To gain applause, one must write things so stupid the coachman would sing it, or so incomprehensible that the audience liked it precisely because no sane person could understand them.
Denis Kozhukhin, a Russian pianist, is the winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels in 2010. Last year, he was twice nominated for the Dutch prestigious OPUS Klassiek award in the artist of the year and solo recording of the year categories.
MOZART | STRAUSS
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