Movement I – Allegro con brio: The first movement opens unexpectedly with a bare statement of the shockingly intense theme. A rich exposition follows, almost a movement in itself, in which themes are brought out and developed, leading to an expansive development. The recapitulation sets up a heightened sense of drama to lead into the cadenza, then culminates in a brilliant climax before bringing the movement to an end.
Movement II – Largo: This slow second movement is solemn, stately, and contemplative. A solo entry gains in force and passion, progressing to an orchestral declamation. The appearance of new thematic material alternates between the piano and the orchestra. The opening melody reappears and usher in the appearance of a broad Coda with its expressive Cadenza.
Movement III – Rondo – Allegro: In this wonderfully expansive finale, the piano and orchestra state the brilliant principal subject then the alternating subjects, whose different characters are explored in turn. Each of them was brought about by a restatement of the original theme. This movement completes a work of great force and passion.