Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor Op.11
Frédéric Chopin

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The highest of Chopin's 3 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This fell to its lowest ever position of number 142 in the most recent countdown.

Far from being Chopin's first piano concerto, this is actually his second. It was published before the real No. 1, though, and therefore became forever known as the composer's Piano Concerto No. 1.

As you listen to this deeply expansive and expressive work, it has the mark of a composer who has reached full emotional and musical maturity, so it's astonishing to think that Chopin wrote it while in his late teens. At its premiere in 1830, he played the piano part himself, and the concert marked his final public appearance in Poland. Within weeks, Chopin had left for Vienna and then Paris, where he remained for the rest of his life.