Chopin's E minor and F minor Piano Concertos played a vital role in his career as a composer-pianist. This Handbook reevaluates them so that their many outstanding qualities can be fully appreciated. It describes their genesis, Chopin's own performances and his use of them as a teacher. A survey of their critical, editorial and performance histories follows, in preparation for an engaging narrative analysis of the concertos as embodied in sound. The final chapter investigates Chopin's enigmatic "third concerto", the Allegro de concert.
'John Rink maintains the high standards of previous handbooks in the series. The book is extremely informative and well documented, and Rink's concise prose is nicely varied in tone, whether historical, analytical, or as in some places, highly personal in interpretation. Directed at a wide audience of performers, academics and general readers, Rink's perceptive musical insights carry the authority of both scholar and skilled performer.' National Early Music Association