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Eleven favourite 20th Century piano concertos.
« on: October 12, 2013, 11:27:42 AM »
Not in order.

Allows, as Chamber Nut pointed out, for one extra choice  :)

Vaughan Williams: Concerto for Two Pianos.
Prokofiev: PC No 5
Lennox Berkeley: Concerto for Two Pianos (Christo will agree  8))
Malcolm Arnold: Concerto for Two Pianos
Bliss: Piano Concerto
Bliss: Concerto for Two Pianos
Gordon Jacob: Concerto for Two Pianos
Rawsthorne: Piano Concerto No 2
Bartok: Piano Concerto No 3
Cyril Scott: Piano Concerto No 1
Howard Hanson: Piano Concerto

I seem to be a bit fixated on concertos for two pianos.
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Re: Eleven favourite 20th Century piano concertos.
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2013, 12:01:09 PM »
I'll play, Jeffrey.  :D

Not in any order:

Ravel - PC for Left Hand
Ravel - PC in G major
Stravinsky - Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments
Bartok - PC # 3
Bartok - Two Piano Concerto, percussion and orchestra
Glazunov - Piano Concerto No. 1 in F minor
Prokofiev - PC # 1 in D flat major
Rachmaninov - PC # 3 in D minor
Vaughan Williams - Two Piano Concerto
Strauss, R. - Paregon zur Sinfonia Domestica, Op. 73
Strauss, R. - Panathenaenzug, Op. 74
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Re: Eleven favourite 20th Century piano concertos.
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2013, 12:18:31 PM »
In no particular order:

Medtner 1-3
Rachmaninov 4
Prokofiev 2
Ravel left hand
Korngold left hand
Busoni
Vaughan Williams
Foulds Dynamic Triptych
Scriabin Prométhée

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Re: Eleven favourite 20th Century piano concertos.
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2013, 02:15:22 PM »
Ravel - for the left hand
Ravel - for both hands
Shostakovich No. 2
Prokofiev No. 1
Prokofiev No. 3
Rachmaninov No. 3
Ullmann
Gershwin
Symanowski - Symphony No. 4

I have fond memories of concertos by Englund, Kabalevsky, and Tveitt, but I'm not sure which ones. Let's take the last two out of that group.

My list seems to paint me as not very adventurous. Hrm. For what it's worth, the Viktor Ullmann piece deserves serious consideration by everybody in this thread. It's a firecracker, and only about 20 minutes. Actually no fewer than 6 of my top 9 are between 15 and 25 minutes long.

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Re: Eleven favourite 20th Century piano concertos.
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2013, 03:06:32 PM »
Mmmm.....this is gonna be difficult! Limiting myself to one per composer:

Ravel: basically a coin flip but I'll go with the G major for the beautiful slow movement alone
Prokofiev no. 2 (love the "scary" first movement)
Rachmaninov no. 3 (coin flip with no. 2)
Gershwin
Khachaturian
Foulds Dynamic Triptych
Atterberg
Marx Romantisches Klavierkonzerte
Tveitt no. 4
Bortkiewicz no. 1
de Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain

......after much blood, sweat and tears ;D





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Re: Eleven favourite 20th Century piano concertos.
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2013, 04:39:52 PM »
One per composer:
Prokofiev: No. 2
Ravel: Left Hand (just because kyjo voted for the G major already)
Shostakovich: No. 2
Martinů: No. 4
Ireland
Bartók: No. 3
Rachmaninov: No. 3
Szymanowski: Symphony No. 4
de Falla: Noches en los jardines de España
Villa-Lobos: Chôros No. 11
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Re: Eleven favourite 20th Century piano concertos.
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2013, 04:46:26 PM »
Scriabin: Op. 20

Hate to be picky, but the Scriabin was written in 1896. :)

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Re: Eleven favourite 20th Century piano concertos.
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2013, 04:47:46 PM »
Hate to be picky, but the Scriabin was written in 1896. :)
Ah yes, how did I manage to forget that... :-[
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Re: Eleven favourite 20th Century piano concertos.
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2013, 04:52:31 PM »
I'm not a very big piano and orchestra fan, but some favorites would be

Prokofiev: 1-3
Bartok: 2 & 3
Shostakovich: 1 & 2
Ravel: in G and D
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Ginastera: 1

Honorable mention: Barber, Schoenberg, and Cage.

I've enjoyed piano concertante works by: Frank Martin, Martinu, Villa-Lobos, Guarnieri, Tcherepnin, Milhaud, Honegger (a little Concertino), and Janacek.

Wikipedia has a big list of piano concertos:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_compositions_for_piano_and_orchestra
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Re: Eleven favourite 20th Century piano concertos.
« Reply #9 on: October 12, 2013, 04:58:14 PM »
Introducing Martinů:
One per composer:
Prokofiev: No. 2
Ravel: Left Hand (just because kyjo voted for the G major already)
Shostakovich: No. 2
Martinů: No. 4
Ireland
Bartók: No. 3
Rachmaninov: No. 3
Szymanowski: Symphony No. 4
de Falla: Noches en los jardines de España
Villa-Lobos: Chôros No. 11
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Re: Eleven favourite 20th Century piano concertos.
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2013, 05:02:00 PM »
Introducing Martinů:

Excellent choice, Karlo! Love Martinu's PC 4-magical work.

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Re: Eleven favourite 20th Century piano concertos.
« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2013, 06:11:36 PM »
The odd number 11 again, Jeffrey? You and Ray must be brothers. ;) :) Anyway here are my picks in no particular order:

Ravel: Piano Concerto for left-hand
Bartok: Piano Concerto No. 2
Britten: Diversions
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2
Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No. 2
Martinu: Piano Concerto No. 5
Schnittke: Concerto for Piano and Strings
Szymanowski: Symphony No. 4 'Symphonie Concertante' (a PC in all but a name)
Tippett: Piano Concerto
Villa-Lobos: Choros No. 11
Sculthorpe: Piano Concerto
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Re: Eleven favourite 20th Century piano concertos.
« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2013, 06:51:43 PM »
The odd number 11 again, eh Ray? :)

Actually Jeffrey started this thread ;D

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Re: Eleven favourite 20th Century piano concertos.
« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2013, 06:53:22 PM »
Actually Jeffrey started this thread ;D

Right you are. Corrected. :)
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Re: Eleven favourite 20th Century piano concertos.
« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2013, 07:11:46 PM »
The concertos of:

Ravel, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Bartok and Schoenberg.


Prokofiev being my favorite.

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Re: Eleven favourite 20th Century piano concertos.
« Reply #15 on: October 12, 2013, 10:41:28 PM »
Lennox Berkeley: Concerto for Two Pianos (Christo will agree  8))

He definitely does!  ;D
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Re: Eleven favourite 20th Century piano concertos.
« Reply #16 on: October 13, 2013, 12:28:24 AM »
I'll play, Jeffrey.  :D

Not in any order:

Ravel - PC for Left Hand
Ravel - PC in G major
Stravinsky - Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments
Bartok - PC # 3
Bartok - Two Piano Concerto, percussion and orchestra
Glazunov - Piano Concerto No. 1 in F minor
Prokofiev - PC # 1 in D flat major
Rachmaninov - PC # 3 in D minor
Vaughan Williams - Two Piano Concerto
Strauss, R. - Paregon zur Sinfonia Domestica, Op. 73
Strauss, R. - Panathenaenzug, Op. 74

Thank you Ray  :)

I could equally have chosen the Ravel Left Hand Concerto, or the Glazunov ( either of them) Rachmaninov's PC No 4 is my favourite.
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Re: Eleven favourite 20th Century piano concertos.
« Reply #17 on: October 13, 2013, 12:32:03 AM »
Mmmm.....this is gonna be difficult! Limiting myself to one per composer:

Ravel: basically a coin flip but I'll go with the G major for the beautiful slow movement alone
Prokofiev no. 2 (love the "scary" first movement)
Rachmaninov no. 3 (coin flip with no. 2)
Gershwin
Khachaturian
Foulds Dynamic Triptych
Atterberg
Marx Romantisches Klavierkonzerte
Tveitt no. 4
Bortkiewicz no. 1
de Falla Nights in the Gardens of Spain

......after much blood, sweat and tears ;D


Nice selection Kyle. I must listen to the Atterberg which I don't know. I love the Falla and should have included it along with Stanley Bate's PC No 2 - a super work. Martinu No 4 is another great choice and how did I miss out John Ireland?

Thank you everyone for the very interesting lists.  :)
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Re: Eleven favourite 20th Century piano concertos.
« Reply #18 on: October 13, 2013, 12:36:42 AM »
Actually Jeffrey started this thread ;D

With acknowledgements to Chamber Nut.  8)
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Re: Eleven favourite 20th Century piano concertos.
« Reply #19 on: October 13, 2013, 04:41:52 AM »

Nice selection Kyle. I must listen to the Atterberg which I don't know. I love the Falla and should have included it along with Stanley Bate's PC No 2 - a super work. Martinu No 4 is another great choice and how did I miss out John Ireland?

Thank you everyone for the very interesting lists.  :)

Thanks! The Atterberg is a life-affirming, inspiring work with melodies that will haunt you for days. I'm sure you'd enjoy it! I almost included Martinu's PC 4-a magical work-but it got pushed out on the final elimination round. The Bate and Ireland concertos are wonderful-as are the VW and Bliss PCs you listed (as well as Bax's works for piano and orchestra). My favorite British PC, though, is Foulds' Dynamic Triptych-a thrilling, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink work that ranges from Rachmaninoffian lushness to Scriabinian mysteriousness to Bartokian ferocity within the blink of an eye.

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