Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 16 in D, K. 451
Mozart’s time in Vienna kept him busy with concerts, commissions, and teaching engagements, and naturally all of this and more made him the local star in town. Mozart also needed music to play at his concerts, since he was not just a composer, but also the premier pianist. Naturally, the solution was to compose a series of piano concertos. His Piano Concert No. 16 is the heroic Mozart at his best: it features exuberant orchestration and places demands on the pianist unlike any other works Mozart had composed to that point.