225 Piano Concerto No.1
Another Beethoven climber: up an impressive 74 places. 4th of his 18 entries.
Rather confusingly, Beethoven's Piano Concerto No.1 is actually the second piano concerto he composed. The first, however, was published after this one, hence the slight numerical anomaly. The two concertos were composed in very quick succession, right at the start of the young Beethoven's career and they display very similar approaches in terms of the harmonious relationship between piano and orchestra.
This concerto certainly seems more polite than, say, the Fourth, or the Emperor. Beethoven hadn't yet decided to champion the idea of the piano and orchestra performing as one, in interweaving dialogue. instead, there's a respectful distance between the two; they exist very much as separate voices. That's not to say the work is disappointing — just that it's absolutely a product of its time.
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