Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Rondo for piano No. 1 in D major, K. 485

    Description by Robert Cummings

    Mozart wrote three rondos for solo piano in the period 1786 - 1787, the K. 494 and K. 511 being the other two. All are late works, the tragically short-lived composer still only about 30 years old at the time of their composition. This D major effort challenges the K. 511 rondo in popularity, and both outpace the less-encountered K. 494, a work that is hardly neglected and captures its fair share of attention in recitals and on recordings. All three feature memorable themes and Mozart's typically skillful piano writing, this D major effort in particular offering an infectiously chipper and graceful melody, one, however, that the composer borrowed from Johann Christian Bach. The work opens with this jaunty, playful theme gracefully skipping across the keyboard in spirited writing that could only come from the pen of Mozart. After the second appearance of the melody, the composer begins transforming it, adding greater weight and muscle to its previously delicate frame. The melody appears in various colorful guises throughout and also periodically reappears in its original form, making this a fairly complex rondo form. This charming work typically has a duration of six minutes.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2015 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4795448
    2015 Sony Classical 88875051802
    2015 Hyperion CDA 68029
    2015 DG Deutsche Grammophon B002403702
    2015 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4822418
    2014 Solo Musica SM 215
    2014 Naxos 8573114
    2014 Naïve V 5367
    2014 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4793622
    2014 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2014 Erato 2564624223
    2014 DG Deutsche Grammophon B001999602
    2014 Gramola GRAM 98991
    2013 AAO Music PWM 71252
    2012 Decca 4764857
    2012 MDG / Zebralution
    2012 MDG / Zebralution
    2012 EMI Classics
    2011 Berlin Classics 0300263BC
    2011 MDG MDG 34113122
    2011 Fazer / Finlandia
    2011 Brilliant Classics 94198
    2011 Harmonia Mundi 907498
    2011 La Bottega Discantica DISCANTICA 163
    2011 Fleur de Son FDS 58001
    2011 Artek AR0055
    2010 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099945754
    2010 Turtle Records TR 75536
    2010 Sonoma SGC 20141
    2010 Decca
    2010 AAO Music
    2010 AAO Music 22092
    2010 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4778827
    2010 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2010 Denon Records
    2009 Decca
    2009 Decca 4428195
    2009 Fono Forum 8553129
    2008 EMI Classics 3385212
    2008 Landscape Classics / Zebralution
    2008 DG Deutsche Grammophon 001145802
    2008 DG Deutsche Grammophon 4777558
    2008 Virgin Classics 23613829
    2008 Brilliant Classics 92733
    2008 Bella Musica / Zebralution
    2008 Deutsche Gram. Ger. / DG Deutsche Grammophon 4776656
    2008 Philips 4646602
    2007 Arbiter 152
    2007 Warner Music / Warner Strategic Marketing 514426320
    2007 Musical Concepts 131
    2007 Decca 433328
    2007 Novalis 150184
    2007 Avie 2138
    2007 Berlin Classics 0149162
    2007 Universal Classics & Jazz
    2007 DG Deutsche Grammophon
    2007 Berlin Classics 0012752BC
    2006 DG Deutsche Grammophon 000608202
    2006 DG Deutsche Grammophon 477 5703
    2006 Madacy 52173
    2006 Berlin Classics 0017942
    2006 Naim 89
    2006 Decca / DG Deutsche Grammophon / Philips / Universal Classics & Jazz
    2006 Madacy 52168
    2006 Warner Classics
    2006 Brilliant Classics 99725
    2006 Fazer / Finlandia
    2006 Brilliant 93025
    2006 BIS 1633
    2006 Harmonia Mundi HMU907387
    2006 Philips
    2006 EMI Music Distribution 36080
    2006 Philips
    2006 Sony Music Distribution 88808
    2006 DG Deutsche Grammophon 000764972
    2006 DG Deutsche Grammophon 000707402
    2006 Cascavelle 3086
    2005 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 0946370886
    2005 Warner Classics 4623362
    2005 Classic Art 101
    2005 Hip-O 000463002
    2005 Brilliant 92540
    2004 Madacy 4815
    2004 Archipel 0194
    2004 Golden Classics / Madacy 5288
    2003 MDG 9061069
    2003 DG Deutsche Grammophon 000120102
    2003 The Gift of Music CDG1057
    2003 Live Classics 303
    2003 Turn Up the Music 1429
    2003 Eroica Distribution 3181
    2003 Andante 1120
    2003 Sony Music Distribution 8799
    2003 RCA 55705
    2002 BBC Legends / BBC Music 41112
    2001 Bayer Records 100318
    2001 BIS 1266/1267
    2001 DG Deutsche Grammophon 469286
    2001 Virgin 545407
    2000 St. Clair 4455
    2000 Platinum Disc 1132
    2000 Stradivari 9019
    2000 Vox 5510
    2000 Philips 000575602
    2000 MDG 3400961
    2000 St. Clair 30132
    1999 Fine Tune 1127
    1999 Philips 456886
    1999 Platinum Disc 1122
    1999 Philips 454987
    1999 Music & Arts 660
    1999 Ricercar 206742
    1999 BIS 897
    1999 Skylark Music 8801
    1999 Naxos 505028
    1998 Platinum Disc / Platinum Entertainment 1057
    1998 Cembal d'amour 100
    1998 Sony Music Distribution 62879
    1998 Leonarda 344
    1997 Philips 456132
    1997 ART 36642
    1996 Naxos 504005
    1995 Sony Classical 68456
    1995 Madacy 1607
    1995 DG Deutsche Grammophon 445517
    1995 VAI Audio 1028
    1994 Madacy 1050
    1994 Isis Records 006
    1993 Bridge 9011
    1993 Denon Records 8072
    1992 RCA 60453
    1991 EMI Music Distribution 63688
    1991 Philips 422 518-2PME5
    1989 DG Deutsche Grammophon 427772
    1987 Philips 420185
    Unison 7008
    Lyrinx 2251
    Testament 1380
    VenCap International 40516
    Madacy 52174
    Music Tins 53926
    Madacy 53927
    Magazine Classica 23
    Connoisseur Society 4189
    Madacy 52169
    Brilliant 92630
    Brilliant Classics 99725/5
    Brilliant 92630/10
    Vox 7194
    Delta Distribution 15877
    Teldec 44077
    Finlandia 16886
    EMI Music Distribution 575582
    Pilz 160131
    Pro-Arte Records 247
    Sony Music Distribution 46700
    Sony Music Distribution 47222
    Teldec 242741
    Teldec 9031724832
    ART 003664
    Naxos 8550052
    Pilz 446411-2