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    Max Bruch's Scottish Fantasy recently inspired a journey: to understand the violin concerto, by starting at its roots, with Vivaldi. Piecing together who influenced whom, how the concerto evolved over time, and which recordings to listen to has been challenge. So I've come here to share what I've learned and ask you to share your expertise.

    I started with the Four Seasons: specifically the historically informed performances of Adrian Chandler and La Serenissima. Wow. Such a different sound from traditional recordings I've heard. It seems that Vivaldi set the form for the modern concerto: fast-slow-fast, dialogue between solo instrument and the group, ritornello form. Does anyone else find the slow movements dull?

    Bach seemed like the obvious next choice. He transcribed Vivaldi, after all. But his A minor and E concerto (Hillary Hahn here), feel mechanical to me. That might be echoes of the piano inventions I was forced to play as a child. The double concerto feels much more stirring -- with its interesting fugues.

    Haydn would be next, right? Few have recorded his violin concertos (he, after all, was more of a symphony man). So I went for Giuliano Carmignola. These pieces seem sweet but a bit repetitive. Something to play in 18th-century elevators Am I missing something?

    Which brings us to Mozart. Primarily concertos 3-5. And Isabelle Faust, another modern historically informed performance. Stronger melodies and lots of life here: dancelike and joyous. So much space given to the solos, taken slowly with dramatic pauses.

    Where I should I go next? Beethoven? And beyond?

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    Paganini and Sibelius perhaps?

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    Beethoven
    Paganini 3
    Mendelssohn
    Brahms
    Tchaikovsky
    Bruch 1
    Dvorak
    Sibelius
    Karlowicz
    Barber
    Bartok
    Berg
    Schoenberg
    Moeran
    Prokofiev 2
    Shostakovich 2
    Gubaidulina 2
    Last edited by Art Rock; May-02-2018 at 06:53.
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