Saturday, August 27, 2016

Five of the Most Beautiful Movements in the Piano Concerto Repertoire

Along with the clarinet, the piano is my favorite instrument, and the piano concerto is my favorite form of classical music.  I love to be in the audience of a concert at Jones Hall with the great Houston Symphony Orchestra when there is a piano concerto on the program.

love to watch and hear a good piano concerto

There are so many beautiful piano concertos it is hard to pick out the most beautiful movements of them all.  

The Tales, daring to go where no man has gone will attempt to choose the top 5 most beautiful of all the beautiful movements in the piano concerto repertoire. :-)  Of course, this is a matter of opinion so this is the Tales' opinion of the top 5 and not meant to be a consensus of classical music experts, which I certainly do not include myself. 

I know, I know when you see the Tales picks I could get some feedback, "how could you miss this one or that one", and that will be okay.  Just remember, this is the Tales blog, so I'm going with it.
In choosing the top 5, I didn't go out to choose 5 different composers but that is how it turned out.  And these just happen to be 5 of the giant composers in classical music:  Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Mendelssohn.

Please turn up the volume and enjoy the Tales top 5 most beautiful piano concerto movements.

W.A. Mozart: Piano Concerto #21 in C Major, "Elvira Madigan", Movement 2, Andante:

Felix Mendelssohn: Piano Concerto #2 in D minor, movement 2, Adagio Molto Sostenuto:

Fredric Chopin: Piano Concerto #2 in F minor, movement 2, Larghetto

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto #2 in E minor,  Movement 3,  Allegro Scherzando:

and drum roll please - the Tales favorite most beautiful piano concerto movement:  #1  

L.V. Beethoven: Piano Concerto #5, "The Emperor", movement 2, Adagio un poco mosso:

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