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    The recommended-lists seem to contain all of my favourites, but there's a niggle when it comes to the titular concertos. I listened to them a lot when I was younger, and after listening again recently, I thought no. 3 was marginally the best, followed by nos. 1 and 4 (they're all nice, at the end of the day). In ze list, however, you have 3+4+5 only.

    My question is this: is MVC #5 an otherwise-ordinary concerto that's carried by the "Turkish" section in the finale? Cf. Tchaikovsky's piano concerto no.1 which is arguably carried by its first couple of minutes.

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    My ranking goes: 3 and 5, 4, 2 and 1.

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    My ranking: 2-4-3-5 and 1
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    Interesting that all of Mozart's 5 violin concertos were written in a short period of time, possibly all in 1775.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Interesting that all of Mozart's 5 violin concertos were written in a short period of time, possibly all in 1775.
    Knowing he died at a young age, all his work are written in a short period off time .

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    My ranking: 1/3/4/5 in any order with 2 some way behind.

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    I most enjoy no. 3 followed by no. 5 which is anything but ordinary.

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    I note the variation in people's rankings. Ought 1 and 2 perhaps get honourable mentions in that thread?

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    It's true that the concertos were written in close succession, but there is clear development in his mastery of this genre. I believe 3 and 5 are most played in concert, but 4 is my favourite for its lovely slow movement. It was long one of the common audition pieces for many orchestras. No idea if that is still the case.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoggyB View Post
    The recommended-lists seem to contain all of my favourites, but there's a niggle when it comes to the titular concertos. I listened to them a lot when I was younger, and after listening again recently, I thought no. 3 was marginally the best, followed by nos. 1 and 4 (they're all nice, at the end of the day). In ze list, however, you have 3+4+5 only.

    My question is this: is MVC #5 an otherwise-ordinary concerto that's carried by the "Turkish" section in the finale? Cf. Tchaikovsky's piano concerto no.1 which is arguably carried by its first couple of minutes.
    Not in my experience. Have you ever heard it beyond the first two minutes?

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    The best Mozart violin concerto is the famous Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    Have you ever heard it beyond the first two minutes?
    Is that a rhetorical question? I've listened to two different recordings of the whole thing.

    I didn't mention the Sinfonia Concertante because it isn't a violin concerto per se. Its first movement is excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
    The best Mozart violin concerto is the famous Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola.
    You do have a point, however it's not a real violin concerto.

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    I like 1 and 5 the best, followed by 3 and 4, followed by 2. I haven't pitted the two pairs against each other to determine a ranked list.

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    I regard his violin concertos a bit mediocre, compared to his other instrumental concertos. I would rate his No.5 his best because of the indifferent final movement.

    My favourite recording:

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