Hi. I need to prepare two Concertos for a competition - on the (exceedingly slim!) off-chance that I might make it through to the final round. I have until 2011 to "master" them. About 2 and a half years elapsed time, but about 300-500 hours study time for the two.
First one is chosen. No brainer. Beethoven No 3 in Cm.
I want something relatively easy (I know there is nothing easy in this list!) for the other. The Beethoven No 3 is comfortable - it will take a lot of work to get it to a good standard, but technically there is nothing in it that I can't do. But the B-list, from which the second has to be chosen, is much more difficult.
I have narrowed the choice down to the shortlist below. I rejected any that were obviously far too difficult (Liszt, Chopin, Prokofiev, others by Rachmaninov etc.) or that I did not enjoy listening to (like Glazunov's)
I have put them in order of listening preference. (It is weird that Rachmaninov, Brahms, and Ravel top the list, as I don't like many of their solo piano works). If I had unlimited technique I'd just choose Rachmaninov No.2. which is my all-time favourite piano piece. But I don't! I have severe limitations. My present standard of play is between Associate and Licentiate diploma levels. Of course I am hoping that by the time this competition comes around I'll be a lot better.
If anyone out there has experience playing any of these, I'd welcome advice on which would be the most sensible choice. One more thing - they are required to be played from memory, so shorter and/or easy to memorize might be a factor.
1. Rachmaninov Concerto No.2 in C minor, op.18
2. Brahms Concerto No.2 in B flat major, op.83
3. Ravel Concerto in G major
4. Rachmaninov Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, op.43
5. Brahms Concerto No.1 in D minor, op.15
6. Tchaikovsky Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, op.23
7. Scriabin Concerto in F sharp minor
8. Schumann Concerto in A minor, op.54
9. Grieg Concerto in A minor
10. Shostakovich Concerto No.1
11. Dvorak Concerto in G minor, op.33