Mozart Piano Concerto No. 26 in D, K537
Howard Shelley pianist-conductor
London Mozart Players
Mozart Explored is a series that aims to unearth and explore both Mozart’s best-loved and lesser-known piano concertos. With short illustrated introductions to the concerto from Howard Shelley as well as a full performance of the work, these concerts offer listeners a unique and personal insight into understanding the characteristics of Mozart’s compositional style.
For this concert, Howard Shelley presents a live analysis of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26. Completed in 1788, Mozart’s performance of the work at the Coronation of Leopold II as Holy Roman Emperor in October 1790 in Frankfurt gave this work its nickname. This is considered unique among the 27 (though some may argue 28), critics have suggested this work is looking towards a more romantic style of writing due to the stylistic experimentation and looser harmonic structure than earlier works.