Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor Op.21
A Romantic masterpiece climbs four places
Many great composers go through periods of significant self-doubt and introspection particularly when embarking on a major new work. For Chopin, though, there was a sense of abandonment naïvety, even in much of his writing. Here was a composer who was barely out of his teens, still within education still growing up, essentially. And yet, at the same time, he was able to tackle the form of the piano concerto for the first time and come up trumps in a quite astounding way.
If we're being really picky, we could point out that this concerto does seem to be harking back to earlier composers more than No.1 (which was, in fact, composed after this one). The influence of the likes of Hummel and Mozart is apparent even in the politely structured opening bars of the first movement. But, overall, this is an astonishing work for a composer so young.
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