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    Default Violin Concertos - 5 Favorites

    Here's the place to list your 5 favorite Violin Concertos.



    My personal favorites (in order):

    1 - Beethoven Violin Concerto

    2 - Brahms Violin Concerto

    3 - Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

    4 - Brahms Double Concerto for Violin and Cello (okay, I'm cheating a bit )

    5 - Mozart Violin Concerto # 3

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    My five are:

    Beethoven
    Brahms
    Miaskovsky
    Weinberg
    Mozart's 5th

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    Not really my favourite (sub)genre.
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    1. Sibelius
    2. Tchaikovsky
    3. Brahms
    4. mendelsshon
    5. carmen fantasy (sarasate edition)(i know it's cheating, but I have yet to listen to beethoven's. and although it is called Carmen Fantasy, it is a violin concerto)

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    Brahms
    Tchaikovsky
    Goldmark
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    Taktakishvili first

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    Paganini nos 1 and 2
    Mendelssohn
    Mozart no. 3
    Brahms

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    Mendelssohn
    Nielsen
    Tchaikovsky
    Sibelius
    Elgar
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    1) Mendelssohn Violin concerto
    2) Handel Concerto grosso op. 6 no 10
    3) Handel Concerto grosso op. 6 no 7
    4) Mozart Violin concerto #4
    5) Vivaldi Concerto violin concerto op.3 no 11.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Luximus View Post
    and although it is called Carmen Fantasy, it is a violin concerto)
    Not really. Its name is quite descriptive and efficiently describes the genre of the piece: a fantasy for violin and orchestra, on themes extracted from an opera.
    You may say it's a concertante for violin and orchestra (or piano too, but that's not relevant), but even then you wouldn't be completely accurate.
    I know we can't actually define a violin concerto as a three movement work (being them moderately fast, a slow one, and a faster final one), but we can be sure a concert fantasy doesn't really qualify.

    I can list five, but there are so many interesting there, that I can not assure this really reflects my preferences.

    1. Brahms
    2. Shostakovich's 1st
    3. Mozart's 5th
    4. Sibelius (the standard version, not the original)
    5. Saint-Saens' third. (Only by Perlman and Barenboim. Eventually Francescatti, but his recording is not complete, and this is enough to discard him).

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    I feel so prosaic: I'm going to list some of the "usual suspects:"

    Brahms- sweeping the boards so far
    Tchaikovsky
    Bruch- no support for Bruch so far. Interesting.
    Sibelius- appreciated it more as I matured
    Prokofiev 1- when teamwork is in evidence, it comes off a treat. Is this why Heifetz didn't incorporate it into his repertoire?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chi_town/Philly View Post
    Prokofiev 1- when teamwork is in evidence, it comes off a treat. Is this why Heifetz didn't incorporate it into his repertoire?
    I thought it was because Szigeti already had the concerto for himself. However, when it comes to reflection, Heifetz hijacked Glazunov from Milstein; so I don't think the concept of stealing material really forbade him.

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    I'm with Opus67. My question when I first read the post title was "are there five good ones?"

    I'm only half kidding.

    I can think of only two, off-hand, that are truly wonderful pieces of music, regardless of (sub)genre, and that's Bartok's 2nd and Ligeti's. I know Janacek's, but I only like it because it uses bits from House of the Dead.

    Maybe you just have to be Hungarian...?

    I have heard Beethoven's played by a girl from Asia somewhere that was a pretty spectacular performance. Can't remember her name, sadly. (And "Asia" covers a lot of territory, so that's no help.)

    Just think if Helmut Lachenmann were to write a violin concerto. Whew. Now that would be something to write home about. And if you were home, you could go away, and then write.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luximus View Post
    1. Sibelius
    Luximus, I must congratulate you for having the courage and conviction to put this concerto above the big romantic ones that you list lower. As a Sibelius fan, I can appreciate this feeling but as a musician, I place Brahms and Beethoven above this one.

    So here is my list, for one time in my life in order:
    1. Brahms
    2. Beethoven
    3. Sibelius
    4. Tchaikovsky
    5. Mendelssohn

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    Quote Originally Posted by some guy View Post
    I'm with Opus67. My question when I first read the post title was "are there five good ones?"
    I was just kidding about that. Violin concerti are my |favourite|.

    Tchaikovsky
    Beethoven

    Those are my top two. I'm sure Mendelssohn would be in there, too. I should listen to the others more to complete the list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by opus67 View Post
    I was just kidding about that. Violin concerti are my |favourite|.
    That's what I thought

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