Piano Concerto in A minor Op.16
The highest of Grieg's 4 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This has always been in the top 30, and peaked at number 5 in 2004.
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.
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