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    I have a ton of old LP's. An old MHS LP (4175) has a concerto for hurdy-gurdy and Orch. Haydn has an LP (Turnabout TV 34055S) with lira organizzata concerti, which is a small boxy piano type. Glazounov and Ibert wrote concerti for saxophone and Orchestra (Nonesuch H-71030). Dittersdorf has a concerto for double bass and orchestra (Turnabout TV 4005 in Monaural) I know I have others but will have to dig a little deeper and will post them when they're located.

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    Tan Dun has a concerto for Pipa and string orchestra. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=I1erlff8s7g

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Johann Georg Albrechtsberger - Concerto for Jew's Harp, Mandora and Orchestra. One of several. He got kind of crazy between lessons for Beethoven.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30y_NzRLT_g

    It took a few minutes of listening until I was convinced that this was a real 18th century concerto, and NOT by Peter Schickele..
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    Some favorites:

    Gliere: concerto for coloratura soprano
    Gliere: harp concerto
    Aho: contrabassoon concerto
    Rimsky-Korsakov: trombone concerto
    Mahler: horn concerto (aka Symphony 5)

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    Piazzólla: Concerto for Bandoneon & Orchestra= must have.
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    Well, I do hugely enjoy - not as a novelty but as a powerful piece of music - Birtwistle's Cry of Anubis, which is effectively a tuba concerto. And Gubaidulina has written a concerto for bassoon, a percussion concerto (Glorious Percussion) and two concertante works for accordion (Fachwork for accordion, percussion and strings and Seven Words for concertante cello and accordion with strings) - all powerful and rewarding works.

    I'm also thinking of two of Britten's most well-known song cycles - the Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings and the Nocturne (tenor, seven obbligato instruments and strings) - as being prominent works that highlight unusual instruments.
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    The Mandolin Concerto and Lute Concerto by Antonio Vivaldi, maybe?

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