Movement 1: Allegro
Movement 2: Andante
Movement 3: Rondeau: Allegro
Mozart contrasts the opulent opening movement with an unpretentious romance in F major in which almost endlessly floating cantilenas resound with class and calm. The spaciousness of the piano cadenza surprises the listener, Mozart’s improvisational gift seems to be overflowing and infinite. The finale of the concerto is formally unique and unconventional despite its logic and craftsmanship. Its innocent rondo theme is struggling to assert itself during the course of the movement, especially since two suddenly occurring C minor adagio sections have a silencing effect. Mozart had originally outlined the C minor theme for the slow movement of the concerto but opted for the lighter F major in its place. He saved the C minor inserts to create dramatic scene changes in the finale. After the last appearance of the rondo theme, the music seems to be running away, to scatter into the winds; the concerto ends in pianissimo, and nothing remains of the majestic opening C major celebration.
from notes by Gottlieb Wallisch © 2013