I'm posting this topic in lieu of the many resemblances between these two concertos - resemblances which are in the first place backed-up by the popular notion that Grieg COPIED from Schumann! (Grieg is about 40 years older than Schumann). Whether this is true or not, one thing for sure is that each concerto has something ORIGINAL. In fact, I DON'T agree that Grieg copied from Schumann - it's safer to say he was just "INSPIRED" from him. Anyway, tell in this thraed which concerto do you prefer and why. But first, here are some of my (subjective) comparisons among the two (in specific aspects):
Generally, I believe it takes more stamina to play the Grieg one.
DEVELOPMENT (in the 1st movement)
Schumann's is much longer, with melodies artitically created - I'm referring to the Passionato section just before the return to the main theme. Grieg's is too short - almsot lacks transition.
Grieg's is longer and more pompous - and is more difficult!
Grieg's has a very beautiful one. Schumann's has but almost unnoticed since its 3rd movement is way too "linear" in terms of its mood.
I almost preferred the Grieg PC but I just couldn't. It is too SHOW-OFF in many areas and this but ANNOYS me! I would love the Schumann PC more. Tell me your preference.