Concert for Piano and Orchestra no. 1 e minor
Arrangement for String Quintet: Ilan Rogoff, op. 11

Frédéric Chopin
Duration: 40'
Allegro maestoso
Romance – Larghetto
Rondo – Vivace

Frédéric Chopin wrote his Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11 in 1830, when he was twenty years old. It was first performed on 11 October of that year, at the Teatr Narodowy (the National Theatre) in Warsaw, Poland, with the composer as soloist, during one of his “farewell” concerts before leaving Poland.

It was the first of Chopin's two piano concertos to be published, and was therefore given the designation of Piano Concerto “No. 1” at the time of publication, even though it was actually written immediately after the premiere of what was later published as Piano Concerto No. 2.

The piece is dedicated to Friedrich Kalkbrenner. While writing it, Chopin wrote to Tytus Woyciechowski, saying, “Here you doubtlessly observe my tendency to do wrong against my will. As something has involuntarily crept into my head through my eyes, I love to indulge it, even though it may be all wrong.”

This sight must have been the well-known soprano Konstancja Gładkowska, who was the “ideal” behind the Larghetto from Chopin's Second Piano Concerto.

Source (as basis): Wikipedia
Altered by Christian Buchmann

Quelle: Wikipedia