Piano Concerto No.2 in F major Opus 102
Dmitri Shostakovich

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Shostakovich has 6 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame — the same amount as Sibelius and Rachmaninov — and this is his highest entry. It was at its lowest ever position of number 146 in the first Hall of Fame and peaked at number 21 in 2001.

Shostakovich's Piano Concerto No. 2 is a gloriously free, wistful creation particularly in the famous second movement, which guarantees the whole work's enduring popularity.

The piece was written as a birthday present for Shostakovich's nineteen-year-old son Maxim. Shostakovich apparently hid all sorts of family references within the music jokes that only he and Maxim would truly understand.