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When Dutch pianist Ronald Brautigam was in Sweden in September to play two piano concertos with Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, we talked with the performer in the midst of rehearsal. The concert was recorded for Helsingborg Concert Hall Play series and - according to Brautigam - Sally Beamish's 1st piano concerto named "Hill Stanzas" and Mozart's 17th, make a very fine musical combination in a concert program. Read more >>

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Offline dgk88

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concerto suggestions
on: February 25, 2004, 01:57:30 PM
anyone got any suggestions as to a concerto to play for a competition in roughly a year, I've played the three that  I wanted to play which are

Rach 2
Gershwin F
and Beethoven Emperor

I have considered Prokofiev's 2nd, Mendelssohn's 1st, Tchaikovsky's 2nd but I'm not sure if I really want to do any of those.  Any suggestions that you might have would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks,

     Dan

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Re: concerto suggestions
Reply #1 on: February 25, 2004, 11:38:02 PM
I would consider Liszt's 2nd, Rach's 1st, Beethoven's 4th, or Scriabin's (isn't it F# minor?) concerto.

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Re: concerto suggestions
Reply #2 on: February 26, 2004, 06:34:32 AM
Or you can try:-

1. Prokofiev 3rd
2. Shostakovich 2nd
3. Ravel in G major
4. Brahms 2nd

Are there any criterias or restrictions?

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Re: concerto suggestions
Reply #3 on: February 26, 2004, 06:36:11 AM
forget your life away from the piano, and dedicate your life to learning RACH 3 - its a muthfugga!  ;D
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Re: concerto suggestions
Reply #4 on: February 26, 2004, 01:52:59 PM
Thanks for the suggestions, as for forgetting about my life away from the piano and learning the rach 3, I have learnt the 1st and 3rd movements and I'm working on the second, but I'm saving that for a competition I'll be entering in 2 years. as for my criteria and restrictions, I won't do Liszt or Brahms because I'm too lazy for them.

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Re: concerto suggestions
Reply #5 on: February 26, 2004, 02:57:36 PM
KHATCHATURIAN!!! best ever - at least my personal favourite.

or, if you're really in the mood to forget any kind of personal life, try prokofiev 4th. and stay away of tchaikovski 3rd or rachmaninov paganini rhapsody if you're learning the concert for a competition.

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Re: concerto suggestions
Reply #6 on: February 27, 2004, 05:29:46 AM
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KHATCHATURIAN!!! best ever - at least my personal favourite.

or, if you're really in the mood to forget any kind of personal life, try prokofiev 4th. and stay away of tchaikovski 3rd or rachmaninov paganini rhapsody if you're learning the concert for a competition.


Why not the Rachmaninov Paganini Rhapsody? Is it because its overplayed? Or something else?

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Re: concerto suggestions
Reply #7 on: February 28, 2004, 02:26:28 PM
don't get me wrong - i love the rahpsody, it's wonderful - but not for competitions. they prefer 3 part concertos (the jury i mean) - don't ask me why, but that's how it works

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Re: concerto suggestions
Reply #8 on: February 28, 2004, 08:13:52 PM
You have the longer two movements of Rach3, but you are too lazy to do Brahms and Liszt? Explain. Haha.

I'd recommend Prokofiev 2nd or Rachmaninoff 4th...both G minor...the latter would be particularly difficult to communicate because of the patchwork ish structure...and the former has a marvelous cadenza...

But what I'd really do? I'd take on the concerti you've already learned (those 3) and perfect one of them for an entire year.
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Re: concerto suggestions
Reply #9 on: March 01, 2004, 01:42:40 PM
I have already perfected all 3 of them and performed them on many occaisions, I have also used them all for competitions previously.  I find Brahms and Liszt much harder than the Rach 3 due to musicalities, and I'm not willing to put that much effort into them YET, i will but not this year.  I think I'm gonna go with a prokofiev concerto either no. 2, 4, or 5.  Thanks for all your suggestions.
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