Piano Concerto in A minor Op.16
Edvard Grieg

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Grieg's masterpiece for the piano is up one place this year

At the age of twenty-five, the young Norwegian composer was determined to make his mark on the world with this, his first work to employ an orchestra. From the thunderous roll of the timpani in the opening bars, Grieg sounds totally assured and in command of his orchestral writing throughout this concerto and yet, he was far from experienced in composing for such large forces.

The work was an instant success and many expected Grieg to replicate it soon after with a second concerto for the instrument. Intriguingly, though, he never chose to write another.