Stefano Bollani

Filarmonica of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna

Stefano Bollani

Monday 19 October 2020 | H 20.30





Concerto for piano and orchestra n. 23 in A major K 488


Concerto Verde


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Concerto for piano and orchestra n. 23 in A major K 488

Year of composition: 1786

First performance: Burgtheater, Vienna, April 3, 1786


  1. Allegro
  2. Adagio
  3. Allegro assai

The peak of Mozart’s piano production of the Vienna years is represented by the 17 concertos for piano and orchestra which are the most significant works of the impressive collection that includes the 27 Concertos and the Due Rondò Concertos. K. 488 in A major was written in the winter of 1785-86 and is called “concerto without trumpets and timpani”. The piano writing is superb and here Mozart seems to want to merge the structure of the solo concerto with that of the Symphony in a large fresco. The short cadence written by Mozart himself elegantly summarizes the material displayed throughout the whole movement. The central movement is dominated by a dreamy and delicate theme, declaimed by the piano to which the “tutti” will then be added. The structure of the elegiac and the veiled melancholic slow movement. The Finale Allegro assai begins much like the Adagio with the main theme announced by the piano, conveying a melodic idea of ​​exhilarating happiness.

Stefano Bollani

Concerto Verde

First performance: Coliseo Theater, Buenos Aires,  June 19, 2019

Il Concerto Verde is a hymn to love, as stated in the title: green like the central heart chakra of love. Bollani with Concerto Verde for piano and chamber orchestra is, for the first time, the composer of the entire score, which at times disobeys the classical rules. In fact, the work includes several passages of improvisation, also drawing inspiration from the world of tango and other folkloric music of Argentina. It is divided into four movements, each of which has its own characteristic motifs and rhythms and the third movement, the musical “scherzo“, stands out as a result of its joyful playfulness.