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Thread: Changes to Classic FM's Piano Concerto List

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammeredklavier View Post
    "I always find Beethoven's C Minor concerto (the Third Piano Concerto) much smaller and weaker than Mozart's. . . . I realize that Beethoven's new personality and his new vision, which people recognized in his works, made him the greater composer in their minds. But after fifty years, our views need more perspective. One must be able to distinguish between the charm that comes from newness and the value that is intrinsic to a work. I admit that Beethoven's concerto is more modern, but not more significant!"
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    That’s an interesting quote from Brahms. Of course, it was late in his life. Years earlier, he modeled the finale of his 1st Piano Concerto, the very first of his orchestral works to be performed, on the same movement of Beethoven’s 3rd Piano Concerto. I guess he liked it well enough then!


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    ^ I don't think Brahms was saying he didn't like the work or even didn't value the model. He was just putting it into perspective.

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