We begin our journey through this rich landscape of concertos with Mozart’s earliest masterpiece – the Piano Concerto #9 in E-Flat Major, K271. The one known as the “Jeunehomme.”

This was Mozart’s 9th piano concerto but the first one that signaled that he would be a master to be reckoned with in this form. Mozart wrote it in 1777 for Mlle. Jeunehomme, a touring pianist. Given the complex nature of the composition, she must have been an excellent musician. Mozart begins the piece in an unusual way. Instead of leading off with and extended orchestral introduction, the piano immediately echoes the orchestra’s opening motif. It was a device he never used in any other concerto again.

Mozart Piano Concerto in E Flat K.271
Mov't 1 Alfred Brendle/Academy of St. Martin- in- the Fields/Neville Marriner
PHILIPS 416 270-2

Mov't 2 Friedrich Gulda/Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks/Karl Bohm
ORFEO C263921 B

Mov't 3 Perahia/English Chamber Orchestra
SONY CLASSICAL SK92734