Upon conclusion this will become the first recording of Mozart’s complete works for keyboard and orchestra. New recordings will be released around Academy of Ancient Music’s 50th anniversary season in 2023/24.

The project began in 1993 when Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) founder Christopher Hogwood and Robert Levin came together with a shared vision: to create the first recording of Mozart’s complete works for keyboard and orchestra, restoring improvisation to its rightful place at the heart of each composition. Over seven years they produced eight albums featuring 17 of Mozart’s concertos, with improvised cadenzas for each and decorative ornamentation throughout, in a manner approximating Mozart’s own performances.

Sadly the project was cancelled in 2000. Now twenty years on, AAM and Levin will complete the cycle with new recordings made from August 2021 to 2022. Five albums remain, featuring some of the most famous numbered concertos and lesser known works for keyboard and orchestra, as well as recently completed fragments and the world premiere recording of Mozart’s first concerto movement, written when he was eight.

Robert Levin comments: “The cycle of Mozart piano concertos is central to my identity as an artist. This was the first cycle to restore the practices of improvisation throughout the concerto, particularly in decoration and cadenzas. The series received highest acclaim in the press and from the listening public. This cycle is a central element both in Christopher Hogwood’s legacy as founder and leader of AAM and within my own career, and completing it represents the successful realisation of a project of outstanding significance.”

For more information and a list of works to be recorded, visit https://www.aam.co.uk/mozart-recordings/