Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major Op.83
Johannes Brahms


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Brahms has 8 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame — the same amount as Vaughan Williams — and this is his third highest. This has appeared in every chart, peaking at number 86 in the first Hall of Fame in 1996.

Both of Brahms's piano concertos are gargantuan works. At nearly 50 minutes in duration, this one lasts longer than any other major Romantic piano concerto by quite some stretch. And talking of stretch any soloist wanting to master the piano passages needs to have very wide hands and extremely nimble fingers. The composer begged to differ, however, wryly commenting to a friend that this was simply a 'tiny, tiny piano concerto'.