The Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, op. 83 by Johannes Brahms, is separated by a gap of 22 years from his Piano Concerto No. 1. Brahms began work on it in 1878 and completed the piece in 1881 while in Pressbaum near Vienna. It is considered by many pianists and teachers alike to be one of the most difficult of all works for the piano.
Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2, Op. 18, is considered one of the greatest piano concertos ever composed and a definitive work of the late Romantic Era. The second and third movements were first performed with the composer as soloist in December 1900. The complete work was premiered, again with the composer as soloist, on October 27, 1901.
The Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 by Camille Saint-SaÃ«ns, was composed in 1868 and is probably Saint-SaÃ«ns' most popular piano concerto. It was dedicated to Madame A. de Villers nÃ©e de Haber. The piece follows the traditional form of three movements, but allows for more freedom in tempo markings.