All three of this evening’s works were written in 1791, the year of Mozart’s death. Completed in January, the Piano Concerto no 27 is gently intimate and at times wistful. Scored minus clarinets, trombones and timpani, it encases an exquisitely simple Larghetto between smoothly flowing outer movements whose soft warmth is offset by poignant switches to the minor. The Requiem was begun that summer, requested by a wealthy anonymous commissioner who turned out to be a count wanting to pass it off as his own. Only the Requiem was finished by Mozart’s December death, with voice parts and bass lines sketched from the Dies Irae through to Hostias. It was completed by Mozart’s pupil, Franz Sűssmayer. The serene, sotto voce motet Ave Verum Corpus also dates from the summer, written for Mozart’s friend Anton Stoll, choirmaster of Baden, for the feast of Corpus Christi.