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The Top 10 Contemporary Piano Concertos Written Up To 1960: #5-1

5. Dmitri Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102 (1957) Shostakovich composed this concerto for his 19-year-old son Maxim for his graduation from Moscow Conservatory, and the father-son relationship manifests itself in some really special ways. The first movement’s twinkling mischief and soldier-marching rhythms evoke toys; the pairing of this music with […]

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The Top 10 Contemporary Piano Concertos Written Up To 1960: #10-6

OK, to clarify what I mean by this title, I’m referring to concertos composed in a post-romantic style, which leaves out composers like Rachmaninoff, Medtner, and Korngold. They’ll be ranked in the Romantic category (still to come). Even this chunk of the twentieth century was a huge mountain of repertoire to climb, and notable for […]

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The Top 10 Piano Concertos Written Since 1960: Part II

Annnd we’re back with Part II. The five pieces listed here show a pretty amazing spectrum of what’s possible in the piano concerto genre, and they’re full of incredible moments. Savor these pieces. Think about them. At the end of the list I’ve got a few Honorable Mentions. Witold Lutoslawski – Piano Concerto (1987) One […]

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