Johannes Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Op. 83
In his own words, Brahms described his Second Piano concerto as “very small,” featuring a “very small and pretty scherzo.” “Very small” is a bit off the mark – Johannes Brahms’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is anything but small. It’s a giant work – nearly an hour – and it even features four movements rather than the usual three. At the time, Brahms was at the height of his fame in Europe, and he had a habit of cutely referring to his giant works as “miniatures.” And the Scherzo, also uncommon for a concerto, is the most dramatic movement of the work, once again anything but small.