Tuesday, 1 March 2011


Thank you for taking part in the PianoMania Poll on "Which is the greatest piano concerto of them all?

We had a record 548 voters over four months, and some rather surprising results. One suspects some pranksters at work, when over 250 entries were registered in early December 2010, which skewed the poll in favour of Messiaen's Turangalila (269 votes), Mozart's Piano Concerto No.24 (258 votes) and Busoni's Piano Concerto (248 votes). There were also several freaky results for Chopin's Piano Concerto No.2 (127 votes), Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.2 (125 votes) and Mozart's Piano Concerto No.20 (113 votes).

One suspects these to be the work of the Futurerama Fan Club, Yvonne Loriod Admiration Society, Action for Amadeus and Dante Michelangelo Benvenuto Front.

By factoring out the lunatic fringe of pollsters, we arrive at a true reflection of the serious votes. The greatest piano concertos were as follows:

1. RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No.3 (78 votes)
2. BRAHMS Piano Concerto No.1 (69 votes)
3. RACHMANINOV Piano Concerto No.2 (56 votes)
4. TCHAIKOVSKY Piano Concerto No.1 (47 votes)
5. BRAHMS Piano Concerto No.2 (45 votes)

Bringing up the rear, but not too far behind were Beethoven's Fifth and Fourth Piano Concertos (43 and 38 votes respectively) , Chopin's First Piano Concerto (33 votes) and Prokofiev's Third Piano Concerto (32 votes).
Thank you for voting in the PianoMania Poll.

Watch out for the next poll:
What do you regard as Franz Liszt's greatest work for the piano?

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