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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791): Piano Concerto No. 15 in B flat major, K. 450. Robert Levin (piano), Academy of Ancient Music, conductor: Christopher Hogwood. Recorded in February 1997 in the Mozarteum Salzburg. Mozart wrote almost all his piano concertos for his own use, for he was one of the most brilliant virtuosos of his time. He completed his B-flat concerto in March 1784 at the peak of his popularity in Vienna. It was a work for a subscription concert of the bourgeoisie and nobility, whose audience wanted to hear cheerfulness, grace, wit and charm rather than tragic or moving feelings. Therefore, this concert displays not gloomy and introverted aspects, but the cheerful easygoing side of Mozart's personality.

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