Mozart’s final piano concerto was entered into his thematic catalog in 1791, the year of his death. However, it appears that, like its immediate predecessor (no. 26, “Coronation”), the concerto was started some time earlier, possibly in 1788. Mozart himself gave the first performance two months after the concerto’s completion at a benefit concert for the clarintetist Josef Bähr, and it proved to be his final appearance on the concert platform. The report went to record that “everyone admired his art, in composition as well as in performance,” an ironic statement from the press of a city that by this time had long tired of Mozart as a performer.
Mozart – Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 27