Although they are numbered 5 & 6, these concertos are actually the first ones that Mozart wrote himself. Concertos 1-4 and the three concertos which are K 107 are actually arrangements of keyboard sonatas by other composers which Mozart turned into piano concertos.)
Mozart wrote concerto No.5 at the ripe old age of 17. He was apparently so fond of it and it proved to be such a success that he continued to perform it for 10 years!
The Concerto No. 6 was written primarily to show off Mozart’s exceptional keyboard skills. After writing it, he took it on tour with him and performed it in concerts in both Augsburg and Mannheim. Fortunately, the cadenzas he wrote have survived, written in a hand that appears to be his father’s.
Give a listen to the genius of a 17-year-old wunderkind; you won’t be disappointed!
MOZART PIANO CONCERTOS Nos 5 in D major & 6 in Bb major – Three concertos after JC Bach
Piano concerto No. 5 in D major, K 175
Piano concerto No. 6 in Bb major, K 238
Three concertos after JC Bach K 107
Concerto l in D Major
Concerto ll in G Major
Concerto lll in Eb Major
Ronald Brautigam, fortepiano
Michael Alexander Willens, conductor
Eine Co-Produktion mit Deutschlandfunk