Piano Concerti from the Iconic to the Curious
The Piano Concerto often holds the highest status as THE concerto form for composers, performers and music lovers alike. There's something magical about the relationship between piano and orchestra in these works that has produced over the centuries a fine array of classical pieces. As the piano developed in the 18th century, composers naturally started writing for it, and so piano concerti really come into being in the Classical era. Since then, the few well-known piano concerti which dominate today's concert programs and discographies account for only a minority of the repertoire which proliferated on the European music scene during the 19th century.
Classical.com has a few listening suggestions to get you started, from the iconic to the curious: