Evening Masterwork: John Field’s Piano Concerto No. 2

John Field (1782-1837)

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A-flat by John Field

Evening Masterwork for February 11, 2020 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

It’s hard to pin down when Irish composer John Field composed his Second Piano Concerto – most likely it happened between 1805 and 1811, and it may have actually been the third piano concerto he produced. Regardless, the Piano Concerto No. 2 is a step forward from the Piano Concerto No. 1 Field produced as a teenager: the beginning is velvet-like, tuneful, even, before the piano enters with a torrent of sound. We’ll hear it tonight at 7, our Evening Masterwork on Classical WSMR.