Published in 1735, Bach’s Italian Concerto is a genius recreation of an orchestral concerto, colourfully differentiating between the solo and tutti sections on a single keyboard instrument. The recreation going on in Chopin’s Ballades is of a loosely programmatic nature, Chopin having claimed they were inspired by the literary ballades of his Polish countryman, Adam Mickiewicz. The fourth and final Ballade in melancholic F minor is the longest, requiring immense poeticism alongside lightly worn virtuosity. Brahms’s four late-career Klavierstücke Op. 119 open in equally introverted, melancholic mood, although they move to a more vigorous conclusion. The lyrical, bell-like writing of Prokofiev’s Piano Sonata No. 7‘s central Andante is then bookended by an urgent Allegro inquieto and a racing ‘Precipitato’ toccata.