Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor Op.37
Ludwig van Beethoven

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The fourth of Beethoven's 17 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This has appeared in every chart bar one — it didn't make the cut in 2007.

The most soulful of all Beethoven's music is arguably found in his piano concertos. If you need any proof, listen to the middle movement of either his Piano Concerto No.1 or of this, his Piano Concerto No.3. There's a beauty and elegance here that truly confirms Beethoven's status as the one composer who quickened the pace of change in classical music by welcoming in the Romantic era that was to follow.

When the piece was premiered alongside the oratorio Christ on the Mount of Olives and the Symphony No.2, Beethoven performed most of the concerto from memory not through choice, but because he'd run out of time to transcribe the piano part!

Poster of the Beethoven sonatas evening, by Koloman Moser (1908).