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    Hello TC members,

    As an amateur violinist, my best genre of classical music is violin concertos. I listen to a vareity of them, from Bach BWV 1041/42 to Vivaldi Concerto for four violins, and to Mozart 7 Violin Concertos (my best as of now) as well as Romantic violin concertos. I haven't heard too much of 20th century concertos except for Shostakovich.

    What are your best violin concertos, and who is your best violnist for these recordings?

    KevinW

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    My top 10 alphabetically:

    Bax
    Beethoven
    Berg
    Brahms
    Bruch 1
    Mendelssohn
    Moeran
    Shostakovich 1
    Sibelius
    Tchaikovsky

    I don't have clear preferences for recordings.

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    These rank among my favorite recordings of any music in any genre:

    • Shostakovich 1 - David Oistrakh, Dimitri Mitropoulos, New York Philharmonic;
    • Sibelius - Isaac Stern, Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra;
    • Stravinsky - Hilary Hahn, Neville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.

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    The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto is one of my favorites. It is IMO the epitome of a romantic violin concerto. The opening and secondary (that appears a little later) melodies are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever heard.


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    Alphabetical:

    Barber
    Dvorak
    Mozart 3
    Mozart 5
    Myaskovsky
    Nielsen
    Shostakovich 1
    Shostakovich 2
    Sibelius
    Weinberg

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    The concertos by Brahms (first and foremost, for me anyway), Elgar, Beethoven and Mendelssohn. Arthur Grumiaux would be my favourite for the Brahms and the Beethoven and David Oistrakh for the Mendelssohn. My favourite Elgar recordings are taken from 78s and probably best approached after getting to know the piece in a good modern recording, such as those by James Ehnes or Hilary Hahn.

    I envy you just starting out on this amazing journey. Enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Animal the Drummer View Post
    The concertos by Brahms (first and foremost, for me anyway), Elgar, Beethoven and Mendelssohn. Arthur Grumiaux would be my favourite for the Brahms and the Beethoven and David Oistrakh for the Mendelssohn. My favourite Elgar recordings are taken from 78s and probably best approached after getting to know the piece in a good modern recording, such as those by James Ehnes or Hilary Hahn.

    I envy you just starting out on this amazing journey. Enjoy!
    Arthur Grumiaux is born to be a Mozartist. Listen to his Mozart VCs with Sir Colin Davis!

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    Shostakovich 1 & 2
    Dvorak
    Sibelius
    Mendelssohn
    Bruch
    Tchaikovsky
    Brahms

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    Brahms
    Mendelssohn
    Shostakovich 1
    Bach E major
    Mozart #3

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    Beethoven
    Brahms
    Bach Double
    Bach A Minor
    Sibelius
    Shostakovich 1
    Berg
    Vivaldi RV278
    Mendelssohn
    Schoenberg
    Tchaikovsky
    Bartok 2
    Stravinsky

    Stravinsky, Berg, Schoenberg, and Bartok 2 may be too dissonant for the OP's taste.
    Last edited by ORigel; Yesterday at 11:15.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinW View Post
    Arthur Grumiaux is born to be a Mozartist. Listen to his Mozart VCs with Sir Colin Davis!
    Absolutely, and his Bach is magnificent as well. Incidentally he was also a far better pianist than I, who have played the piano for more than 60 years and am not bad for an amateur, will ever be. Good thing I'm not the envious type!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinW View Post
    Mozart 7 Violin Concertos
    There are seven?? I thought there were five plus the concertante. I'll google this later today.

    Three B's guys: Brahms, Beethoven, Bruch 1. And imagine if one of Beethoven's romances was the slow movement of his concerto (that's not to say the actual movement sux, but just that it's a bit pedestrian by comparison)

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    Not ranked, and this is a baker's dozen:

    Stravinsky
    Berg
    Weinberg
    Shostakovich 1
    Bernstein - Serenade after Plato's "Symposium" (1954)
    Weill
    Myaskovsky
    Schoenberg
    Holmboe 2
    Wellesz
    Szymanowski 2
    Bruch 1
    Hans Gál
    Last edited by SanAntone; Yesterday at 13:47.

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    Nordic twin peaks: the Violin Concertos of Carl Nielsen and Jean Sibelius
    By Kevin W Ng, 28 January 2015

    https://bachtrack.com/sibelius-niels...o-january-2015

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