We all have those favorite piano concerti that we prefer, right? Is yours on the list by Classic FM?
From the exquisite chamber concertos of Haydn to the monumental works by Tchaikovsky and Beethoven – almost described as piano symphonies – these are the 20 concertos you need to listen to right now, as chosen by Classic FM presenters.
In no particular order, these are the 20 piano concertos we think you need to listen to right now – or better still, go and hear performed live. Right, get those headphones plugged in, here we go.
Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.5 (Emperor)
Let’s start as we mean to go on. This is arguably the greatest work for piano and orchestra ever written – it’s nicknamed the Emperor for goodness’ sake. This was Beethoven’s fifth and final concerto and it was premiered in 1812 and apparently earned its nickname when one of Napoleon’s officers, stationed at Vienna at the time, called it ‘an emperor of a concerto’. We agree.
Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2
This colossus of the piano repertoire has topped our annual Classic FM Hall of Fame – voted by you, the listeners – a huge eight times since the chart first started in 1996. Rachmaninov wrote the piece in 1900 after recovering from a bout of depression and writer’s block and it has become one of his best known and best loved pieces.