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    I am also a big fan of Midori/Mehta. See Post #8.

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    One of my all-time favourite violin concerti for sure. It's simply some of the most moving music I've ever heard in my life, and personally I'd pick it over the Mendelssohn, Brahms, Tchaikovsky or Sibelius concerti any day of the week, much as I love all of the afore-mentioned works. I just feel such a deep connection with the Dvořák, I can't describe it. Same goes for the piano and cello concerti.

    I usually listen to Isabelle Faust's recording, but so many violinists have it in their discography these days that we have lots and lots of great interpretations to choose from.

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    Love the slow section, one of Dvorak's loveliest IMHO. The rest I'm afraid I find less memorable and involving, by contrast with the cello concerto which drew me right in the first time I ever heard it.

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    I like Suk/Ancerl, but the Mutter/Honeck performance is outstanding as well.

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    Listening to the Zimmerman Belohlavek and Czech P.O recording again this morning...….Increasingly of the opinion that this work epitomises everything great about Dvorak and I would also argue it is perhaps the equal, if not even greater than the likes of Beethoven's, Brahms, Sibelius etc...…..
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    Being that the Cello Concerto is one of very few Dvořák works that I like, I think I owe it to myself to hear the Violin Concerto (& Piano Concerto) as soon as possible. What are some picks for it? I've heard some of Stern/Ormandy and was not really impressed, I blame Stern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    Being that the Cello Concerto is one of very few Dvořák works that I like, I think I owe it to myself to hear the Violin Concerto (& Piano Concerto) as soon as possible. What are some picks for it? I've heard some of Stern/Ormandy and was not really impressed, I blame Stern.
    If you go back through this thread there are any number of very reliable recommendations....personally I belive it is such a great concerto that the attractions should even be apparent within a mediocre performance. The Piano Concerto is ( IMO) under appreciated for some odd reason. Richter ( no less) seemed to see ( or hear!) something that many appear not to....he made a recording with Carlos Kleiber.

    Personally I would be very careful not to dismiss either of these two works, particularly if as you point out you enjoy the Cello Concerto.
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    Midori/Mehta/ NYPO on CBS

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    Being that the Cello Concerto is one of very few Dvořák works that I like, I think I owe it to myself to hear the Violin Concerto (& Piano Concerto) as soon as possible. What are some picks for it? I've heard some of Stern/Ormandy and was not really impressed, I blame Stern.
    Schiff has recorded the piano concerto, totally recommended. A very lyrical reading. He is also one of the most vocal champions of the piece.

    For me, the lack of appreciation for the piano concerto is one of the most incomprehensible phenomena in the classical music world. I think it's a masterpiece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    Being that the Cello Concerto is one of very few Dvořák works that I like, I think I owe it to myself to hear the Violin Concerto (& Piano Concerto) as soon as possible. What are some picks for it? I've heard some of Stern/Ormandy and was not really impressed, I blame Stern.
    For inspiration something from "home cuisine":

    The old and proven:
    suk.jpg

    The new but no less great:
    hrusa.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by flamencosketches View Post
    Being that the Cello Concerto is one of very few Dvořák works that I like, I think I owe it to myself to hear the Violin Concerto (& Piano Concerto) as soon as possible. What are some picks for it? I've heard some of Stern/Ormandy and was not really impressed, I blame Stern.
    I love Dvorak and always have so perhaps I am the wrong one to make suggestions for you. Firstly, I think the piano concerto is a slightly problematic work and a lesser one than the other concertos ... but Aimard's recording with Harnoncourt does much to convince (and more so than Richter or Firkusny for me). But there is also this one which is, I think, quite recent and is certainly very good.

    dvorak martinu.jpg

    The Violin Concerto has no such problems but is surely not as great as the Cello Concerto. Suk - a favourite violinist for me - is very good (I'm thinking of the one with the Czech Philharmonic and Ancerl) and Isabelle Faust (one of her earliest recordings) is also excellent. I am sure there are more that are more than worthwhile. That said, and noting that you are not yet a convinced Dvorakian and that you didn't much like Stern's recording (I don't think I know it but I often consider him to be at least reliable and often really good), I am wondering if the Violin Concerto is the best place to go for your next Dvorak conversion experience. Perhaps the 8th symphony would work better for that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaddyGeorge View Post
    For inspiration something from "home cuisine":

    The old and proven:
    suk.jpg
    You're not the first to recommend this one!! And you can't get much better!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Animal the Drummer View Post
    Love the slow section, one of Dvorak's loveliest IMHO. The rest I'm afraid I find less memorable and involving, by contrast with the cello concerto which drew me right in the first time I ever heard it.
    Interesting. For me it's the Finale that's the loveliest movement, and about as echt-Dvorak as they come. The first movement can seem to ramble a bit, and maybe isn't attention stealing first time around, but it does grown on you....!

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    Just picked up that cd of Kahanek playing the Piano Concerto. One of my favorite pieces that. I played in an orchestra once in this rarely heard piece. The soloist was the great Rudolf Firkusny. What a thrill!

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    Firkusny recorded the Dvorak Piano Concerto three(?) times, always I think in a revision by Kurz.

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