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    So far I have only heard five violin concertos: Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and the three of Saint-Saëns. But my newly arrived 10-CD Fricsay set has two violin concertos: Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. I have yet to listen to them.
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    Ligeti
    Gubaidulina
    Britten
    Dutilleux
    Henze No.2

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    Nothing new.
    Brahms
    Alban Berg
    Sibelius
    Schoenberg
    Bartok 1

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    Quote Originally Posted by arcaneholocaust View Post
    Would you like to say more about the last two there? I listened to a lot of Schnittke's oeuvre a few months ago, and, although it could've just been an "off day" for me, I found his violin concerti to actually be on the less memorable side of his work.

    Penderecki, on the other hand - well, I haven't even heard that one. But his neo-romantic period can be very hit or miss. I love, say, the piano concerto, the seventh symphony, the concerto grosso, and whatnot, but have had less luck with some other works. Can't recall any impression whatsoever of his 5th symphony, for instance.

    I ask you to say more, of course, because I love both composers, but am simply all too aware that they weren't perfect.
    Sometimes particular performances can open up a work for the listener. For Penderecki 2 it was Mutter, and for Schnittke 4 it was Kremer. Bon chance!

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    To me, and being as conservative as possible with my taste, the list includes
    1) Beethoven
    2) Saint Saens 3
    3) Bruch 1
    4) Brahms
    5) Tchaikovsky

    The list of a regular 86 years old guy (BTW I am "only" 49). But, we can not decide about our preferences. These are my honest favorites

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    In order:
    Sibelius
    Berg
    Glazunov
    Mendelssohn
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    Brahms

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    1) Schumann
    2) Sibelius
    3) Beethoven
    4) Brahms
    5) Dvorak
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    Haven't heard many violin concertos, but I thoroughly enjoy:

    Beethoven
    Bruch in G Minor
    Mozart in G Major

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    My favorites:

    1) Tchaikovsky
    2) Saint-Saëns #3
    3) Mendelssohn
    4) Paganini #3
    5) Paganini #1

    Beethoven's is close in the list, as is Bruch's #1.
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    1. Brahms
    2. Beethoven
    3. Bartok 2
    4. Stravinsky
    5. Mendelssohn
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    Gramophone has a new article on the top-ten concertos, with recommended performances.

    http://tinyurl.com/nrj5jtc


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    Feldman- Violin and Orchestra
    Nono- La Lontananza Nostalgica Utopica Futura for violin and tape
    Adams- Dharma at Big Sur for electric violin and orchestra
    Stravinsky- Violin Concerto
    Mozart- Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola, and orchestra
    Berg- Violin Concerto
    Ligeti- Violin Concerto
    Schoenberg- Violin Concerto
    Feldman- Violin and String Quartet (it counts you nitpickers: the violin is detached from the string quartet and has a clear solo part)
    Beethoven- Violin Concerto

    BTW this list is not ranked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Gramophone has a new article on the top-ten concertos, with recommended performances.

    http://tinyurl.com/nrj5jtc
    Gramophone must be regarded with some suspicion in the current climate. Once the undisputed bible of music lovers in the glory days of the magazine. It has gradually become an instrument for generating cash flow rather than serving its core function, the unbiased review of discs on offer.
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    There are a few I have yet to hear. For example, I really want to hear the Shostakovich and Penderecki concertos (2 each). However, right now my 5 favourites are:

    Elgar
    Britten
    Tishchenko 2
    Maw
    Tchaikovsky
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    Not ranked; alphabetical order:
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    Beethoven
    Brahms
    Prokofiev No. 1
    Shostakovich No. 1
    Sibelius

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