Chopin and Liszt were differently situated when they composed their piano concertos. Liszt had given up his career as a vituoso, and was living at Weimar as composer and conductor when he perfected the crystallization of his improvisatory principle – extensive forms developed from brief motive cells – in the medium of the virtuoso piano concerto.
The virtuoso concerto is often criticised by audiences chatting in the concert-hall foyer as being superficial and narcistic, but a brilliant soloist performing with a dramatic and sonorous orchestra certainly has no need for excuses. Let’s be honest: we all want to enjoy the brilliance and ecstasy of such music.
2. Satz: Romance:Larghetto
2. Satz : Quasi Adagio – Allegretto vivace – Allegro animato
3. Satz : Allegro marziale animato