Piano Concerto Nº 4 in B-flat, Op. 53
(for the left hand)
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Eugene Ormandy, cond.
One of a number of major works commissioned by pianist Paul Wittgenstein, Prokofiev’s fourth piano concerto for the left hand alone was rejected by the performer—notoriously finicky in his tastes—and remained unheard at the time of the composer’s death over twenty years later, as Prokofiev made no attempt to promote it afterward.