Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 20 in d K 466
In his lifetime, Mozart composed 27 piano concertos – and out of all of those, only two of them are in a minor key. This evening’s masterwork, the Piano Concerto No. 20 in d minor, is probably the stormier of the two. Completed in 1785, a 25-year old Beethoven loved the work, having performed it publicly with his own cadenzas. In fact, audiences came to regard Mozart’s concerto as “Beethovenish”, quite a compliment in the age of Beethoven. The stormy beginning gives away to the sunny key of D Major by the closing bars of the work. The Piano Concerto No. 20 in d minor by Mozart, our Evening Masterwork tonight at 7 on Classical WSMR.