If it’s only concerti we’ve played it’s gonna be a small number of votes. I only ever learnt two, Rachmaninoff F-sharp minor (not on the list), and Chopin F minor, neither of which I ever played with an orchestra. Learning concerti was a waste of time.
I’m surprised to see the Beethoven C major so high on the list. I mean, I love it and would’ve probably learnt it eventually, but it never struck me as being that popular? I can’t even think of any really famous versions of it (usually, it’s just recorded as part of a complete cycle).
This was fun actually, I’m very surprised by the outcome as well. I would never have guessed that the Emperor would come out on top, and that the Rach-3 is only 4th place. Schumann also much higher than expected. And rezpek da brotha who’s got 3 entries in the top 5 positions.
I created it from my list of recordings, which has both studio and live recs. It covers 16 638 entries (concerts or sessions) 1889-2018 with 236 Emperors in the lead here, so it’s a reasonably hi-res ranking, even though it certainly has some bias and error sources. I love the Rach-3, Zarts etc for instance which are hence perhaps a bit overrepresented, while I’m not crazy about the Tchai-1, Prok-3, Schumann etc - or the Emperor - so these would if anything be a little underrepresented. But I’m enough of a collector to make these effects small.