Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 was written in 1830–31, around the same time as his fourth symphony (“Italian”), and premiered in Munich in October 1831. This concerto was composed in Rome during a travel in Italy after the composer met a pianist in Munich.
Sergei Prokofiev set to work on his Piano Concerto No. 2 in 1912 and completed it in 1913. But that version of the concerto is lost; the score was destroyed in a fire following the Russian Revolution. Prokofiev reconstructed the work in 1923, two years after finishing his Third Concerto.
The Russian Dance for violin and piano, was one of a number of transcriptions for violin and piano that Stravinsky made of his music with the help of violinist Samuel Dushkin in the early 1930s.
Erlkönig (Elf King) is a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It depicts the death of a child assailed by a supernatural being, the Erlkönig, often half-translated as Erlking, though the eponymous character is clearly some kind of demon.
Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor was written in Dresden and completed on September 23, 1909. The concerto was first performed on Sunday afternoon, November 28, 1909, by Sergei Rachmaninoff himself.
Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No 3 in C major, Op 26, was completed in 1921. Sergei Prokofiev began his work on the concerto as early as 1913 when he wrote a theme with variations which he then set aside.
This Intermezzo is the second of the Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118, that Johannes Brahms wrote for solo piano. Completed in 1893 and dedicated to Clara Schumann, the collection was the penultimate composition published during Brahms’ lifetime.
Rachmaninoff’s Prelude No 10 in B minor (Op. 32), was written in 1910 along with the other twelve pieces. Sergei Rachmaninoff was inspired by Arnold Böcklin’s painting Die Heimkehr (The Homecoming or The Return).
The smuggler (Der Kontrabandiste) is a piece from Robert Schumann’s Spanisches Liederspiel op. 74. The transcription for piano solo is from Carl Tausig, a Polish composer, pianist and arranger considered by some critics to be the greatest of Liszt’s pupils.
The Waltz No 7 in C-sharp minor is the second work of Frédéric Chopin’s opus 64 and the companion to the Minute Waltz (Op. 64, No. 1). It was composed in 1847 and have three themes with different speeds.