The Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 by Camille Saint-Saëns was composed in 1868 and is probably Saint-Saëns' most popular piano concerto. It was dedicated to Madame A. de Villers (née de Haber). At the première, the composer was the soloist and Anton Rubinstein conducted the orchestra. Saint-Saëns wrote the concerto in three weeks and had very little time to prepare for the première; consequently, the piece was not initially successful. The capricious changes in style provoked Zygmunt Stojowski to quip that it "begins with Bach and ends with Offenbach."
Performances & Interviews
- Saint Saens: Africa and Piano Concerto No 2https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01z9gcq.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01z9gcq.jpg2014-05-17T19:34:00.000ZStephen Johnson and the Ulster Orchestra explore Saint-Saens' Piano Concerto No 2.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01z9gdc
Saint Saens: Africa and Piano Concerto No 2Stephen Johnson and the Ulster Orchestra explore Saint-Saens' Piano Concerto No 2.
- Saint Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2https://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01s4shr.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01s4shr.jpg2014-07-04T14:49:00.000ZIn this Proms Music Guide, Stephen Johnson talks about Saint Saens' Piano Concerto No. 2.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p0225d7y
Saint Saens: Piano Concerto No. 2In this Proms Music Guide, Stephen Johnson talks about Saint Saens' Piano Concerto No. 2.