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Thread: Your Top 20 Favorite Piano Concertos from 20th Century

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    Barber: Piano Concerto
    Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 1
    Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 2
    Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 3
    Copland: Piano Concerto
    Falla: Nights in the Gardens of Spain
    Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
    Poulenc: Piano Concerto
    Poulenc: Concerto for Two Pianos
    Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1
    Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2
    Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3
    Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
    Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
    Ravel: Piano Concerto for the Left Hand
    Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 1
    Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2

    Can't come up with 3 others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leonsm View Post
    Atterberg - Piano Concerto
    Bax - Winter Legends
    Bloch - Concerto symphonique
    Bruch - Concerto for Two Pianos
    Finzi - Grand Fantasie and Toccata
    Garuta - Piano Concerto (splendid)
    Ireland - Piano Concerto in E-flat major and Legend
    Medtner – Piano Concerto no. 2
    Poulenc - Piano Concerto FP 146; Concerto for two pianos and Aubade
    Prokofiev - Piano Concerto no. 2 and 3
    Sauer – Piano Concerto no. 1
    Scharwenka: Piano Concerto no. 4 in F minor
    Schnittke - Concerto for Piano and Strings
    Tveitt - Piano Concerto no. 4 "Aurora Borealis"
    Villa-Lobos - Bachianas Brasileiras no. 3 (amazing) and Piano Concerto no. 5
    Yoshimatsu - Piano Concerto "Memo Flora"
    We have such similar tastes! The wonderful Sauer concerto appears to be from 1895, however his 2nd concerto (which is almost nearly as good) would qualify, being from 1901.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyjo View Post
    We have such similar tastes! The wonderful Sauer concerto appears to be from 1895, however his 2nd concerto (which is almost nearly as good) would qualify, being from 1901.
    Indeed, thanks for the call, let me put Villa-Lobos - Chôros No. 11 in its place.

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    1. Barber
    2. Rachmaninoff 2
    3. Rachmaninoff 3
    4. Shostakovich 1
    5. Shostakovich 2
    6. Ravel (G)
    7. Ravel (for Left Hand Only)
    8. Prokofiev 1
    9. Prokofiev 3
    10. Copland 1
    11. Britten
    12. Rautavaara 3
    13. Schoenberg
    14. Busoni

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    Adams - Century Rolls
    Bartok - Piano Concertos 1 & 2
    Berkeley - Concerto for Two Pianos
    Dusapin - A Quia
    Hanson - Piano Concerto
    Harrison, Lou - Piano Concerto
    Lutoslawski - Piano Concerto
    Martinu - Piano Concerto 4
    Petrassi - Piano Concerto
    Poulenc - Piano Concertos for 1 & 2 Pianos
    Prokofiev - Piano Concertos 2 & 3
    Ravel - Piano Concertos in G & for Left Hand
    Schoenberg - Piano Concerto
    Sculthorpe - Piano Concerto
    Tippett - Piano Concerto
    Vaughan Williams - Piano Concerto for Two Pianos

    Picking these twenty was not that difficult. Picking just ten would be a lot harder.

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    No particular order:

    Prokofiev - 2, 3
    Bartok - 1, 2
    Ravel - G major, Left Hand
    Korngold
    Antheil - 1
    Saeverud
    Rozsa
    Barber
    Ginastera - 1
    Ligeti
    Poulenc - Concerto for 2 Pianos
    Martinu - 4 "Incantations"
    Rachmaninov - 3
    Rawsthorne 1
    Dohnanyi - 1
    Scharwenka - 4
    Herrmann - Concerto Macabre
    Last edited by Bill Cooke; Nov-29-2020 at 14:22.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MRJames View Post
    Adams - Century Rolls
    Bartok - Piano Concertos 1 & 2
    Berkeley - Concerto for Two Pianos
    Dusapin - A Quia
    Hanson - Piano Concerto
    Harrison, Lou - Piano Concerto
    Lutoslawski - Piano Concerto
    Martinu - Piano Concerto 4
    Petrassi - Piano Concerto
    Poulenc - Piano Concertos for 1 & 2 Pianos
    Prokofiev - Piano Concertos 2 & 3
    Ravel - Piano Concertos in G & for Left Hand
    Schoenberg - Piano Concerto
    Sculthorpe - Piano Concerto
    Tippett - Piano Concerto
    Vaughan Williams - Piano Concerto for Two Pianos

    Picking these twenty was not that difficult. Picking just ten would be a lot harder.
    Great list. Thumbs up especially for the Berkeley Concerto for 2 Pianos which I think is his finest work.

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    1. Busoni: Piano Concerto
    2. Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2
    3. Reger: Piano Concerto
    4. Roussel: Piano Concerto
    5. Atterberg: Piano Concerto
    6. Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 (the ending of the finale is my all-time favorite ending within all of classical music)
    7. Veress: Hommage à Paul Klee
    8. Barber: Piano Concerto
    9. Szymanowski: Sinfonia Concertante
    10. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 4
    11. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
    12. Kabalevsky: Piano Concerto No. 2
    13. Mignone: Piano Concerto
    14. Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 3
    15. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
    16. Villa-Lobos: Piano Concerto No. 5
    17. Tavares: Piano Concerto in Brazilian Forms
    18. Guarnieri: Piano Concerto No. 2
    19. Bortkiewicz: Piano Concerto No. 2
    20. Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 5

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    I'll only add a few of mine that haven't been listed.

    Norgard: Concerto in due tempi
    Maurice Ohana
    Panufnik
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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    I'll only add a few of mine that haven't been listed.

    Norgard: Concerto in due tempi
    Maurice Ohana
    Panufnik
    My post #4 has Ohana

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bxnwebster View Post
    1. Busoni: Piano Concerto
    2. Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2
    3. Reger: Piano Concerto
    4. Roussel: Piano Concerto
    5. Atterberg: Piano Concerto
    6. Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 (the ending of the finale is my all-time favorite ending within all of classical music)
    7. Veress: Hommage à Paul Klee
    8. Barber: Piano Concerto
    9. Szymanowski: Sinfonia Concertante
    10. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 4
    11. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
    12. Kabalevsky: Piano Concerto No. 2
    13. Mignone: Piano Concerto
    14. Villa-Lobos: Bachianas Brasileiras No. 3
    15. Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
    16. Villa-Lobos: Piano Concerto No. 5
    17. Tavares: Piano Concerto in Brazilian Forms
    18. Guarnieri: Piano Concerto No. 2
    19. Bortkiewicz: Piano Concerto No. 2
    20. Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 5
    The Tavares was a recent discovery of mine. Sounded to me something like Saint-Saëns goes to Rio de Janeiro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MusicSybarite View Post
    The Tavares was a recent discovery of mine. Sounded to me something like Saint-Saëns goes to Rio de Janeiro.
    I also found it relatively recently, but I latched on to it immediately. I hadn't thought of it before, but I completely agree with you comment about Saint-Saëns (there's also some Tchaikovsky in there, or at least as I hear it).
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    Bartok 1,2,3
    Prokofiev 1,2,3
    Ravel - both
    Rachmaninov - Paganini Rhapsody
    Stravinsky
    Martinu 4,
    Martinu piano & two string orchestras
    Ligeti
    Chavez
    Lutoslawski
    Shostakovich 1,2

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    Martinu 4 and Ligeti are two less obvious on my list so definitely going to listen to the ones onyour list I dont know

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