You Pick the No. 1 Piano Concerto

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When it comes to Romantic-era composers' piano concertos, was their first thought their best thought? For this week's Showdown, we asked you to pick which of these First Piano Concertos you wanted to hear.

You selected Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23 and at noon we played the piece performed by pianist Stephen Hough with the Minnesota Orchestra under the direction of Osmo Vanska.


More information about the selections:

Franz Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E-Flat Major, S. 124
— Krystian Zimerman (whose birthday is today), piano; Symphony Orchestra; Seiji Ozawa, conductor.

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat Minor, Op. 23
— Stephen Hough, piano; Minnesota Orchestra; Osmo Vanska, conductor.

Frederic Chopin: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11
— Maria Joao Pires, piano; Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Emmanuel Krivine, conductor.