A year or so on from a revelatory surveyjuxtaposing the music of Rameau and Debussy, Víkingur Ólafsson is a man on a new mission. “We all bring baggage to Mozart; we all have a relationship with Mozart,” the 37-year-old Icelander told a packed-to-the-rafters audience at this recital at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, dating his own early love affair to an inspirational performance of The Magic Flutethat he saw at age seven. He also took a hearty sideswipe at the still-prevailing image of the potty-mouthed composer trotted out in the movie Amadeus.

Víkingur Ólafsson Víkingur Ólafsson. All photos © Ari Magg

For Ólafsson, Mozart is “the eternal wunderkind, the eternal prodigy,” but also “one of the most beautiful people who ever lived”. His latest album has been brewing for a while. “Only now that I’m older than Mozart was when he died,” he quipped, “do I feel ready to commit him to record.”

In his typically thoughtful way, Ólafsson seeks to demonstrate Mozart’s importance – both as a creator and, as he puts it, as...