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    Default Piano concertos

    I am falling hard for this genre. I am looking to put a quality boxset of concertos on my Christmas list. Who is your favorite composer of piano concertos? Or is there a mixed compassion boxset you recommend?

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    Beethoven
    Schumann (including the two Konzertstücke)
    Grieg

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    Try this. But yes. Grieg. And Tveitt.

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    Brilliant has a decent set with all the big ones.

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    May I suggest quality,...not quantity?







    Just to start, at least

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    What piano concertos have you enjoyed so far, and what eras/styles do you tend to like best? While I vastly prefer Beethoven's sonatas to Mozart's, I think I actually like Mozart's concertos better than Beethoven's, by a small margin. #20 is particularly spectacular, and possibly my all-time favorite piano concerto. I really like Mitsuko Uchida as a Mozart interpreter, and also Annie Fischer, though I will admit individual pianists are definitely not my area of expertise and other members can probably advise you better.
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    The Schumann & Grieg are wonderful, and you will almost always find them on an album together.

    I would also recommend Tchaikovsky - the 1st is a staple of the genre, the 2nd is neglected but the 1st's equal, and his other piano concerto fragments are actually very enjoyable too.

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    So far, I have really enjoyed Mendelssohn's concertos, Beethoven's 2nd and 3rd (not big on the first), and Chopin's. Others I have heard and enjoyed are single movements on various compilations... I have really just gone beyond casual classical listening quite recently.

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    Casadesus/Szell Mozart (Sony)
    Fleisher/Szell Beethoven (Sony)
    Anda/Fricsay Bartok (DG)
    Ashkenazy/Previn Rachmaninov (Decca)
    Tozer/Bamert Rawsthorne (Chandos)
    List/Jochum Shostakovich (MCA)

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    Mozart is my favorite for piano concertos. If you love Mozart's piano concertos as I do, I highly recommend the EMI Christoph Eschenbach / London Philharmonic Orchestra recording! You can find it on Rdio and have a listen before Christmas to see if you like it.

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    THIS 5 cd set (click here) has a number of those mentioned above, with excellent pianists, and at budget price...
    Genuine ersatz classical listener since 1981.

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    Off the beaten path, Ireland is my favourite.

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    Vaughan Williams wrote an excellent (albeit extremely difficult) concerto.

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    Prokofiev is the only other composer of note that I like who hasn't been mentioned yet. His first and second are excellent. Third is the most popular and probably the best but I like it less than the first two. Fourth is a bit uninspired compared to the others maybe but still good. Yet to hear number 5.



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