Friday, February 5, 2021

My Four Favorite Violin Concertos

As I have stated before on my classical music posts, my favorite form of music in the classical music repertoire is the concerto.  Of all the solo instruments available in the concerto genre my favorite is the piano. There are so many great piano concertos that I love from all of the great masters, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, etc.

But I also love the great concertos featuring the violin and orchestra. While there are many great violin concertos I have tried to narrow them down to my top four. These top four I have picked also just happen to be four of my favorite composers [with a couple notable ones that are not in there, Mozart and Bach].  My top four violin concertos are from Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky and Brahms. The order, I will list below from #4 to #1.
Brahms, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky
Brahms concerto is scored in D Major with 3 movements: 1. Allegro, 2. Adagio, 3. Allegro giacoso- ma non troppo vivace.
The Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major has 3 movements: 1. Allegro ma non troppo, 2. Larghetto, 3. Rondo - Allegro. 
Mendelssohn scored his violin concerto in E minor with 3 movements: 1. Allegro molto appasionato, 2.Andante, 3. Allegretto non troppo - allegro molto vivace. 
The great Tchaikovsky violin concerto is in the key of D Major with 3 movements: 1. Allegro moderato, 2. Andante and 3. Allegro Vivacissimo. 

In the You tube videos below, I have chosen the soloists: Hilary Hahn on the Brahms, Maxim Vengerov playing the Beethoven, Anne-Sophie Mutter soloist in the Mendelssohn, and Joshua Bell performing the Tchaikovsky.

Please turn up the volume, play in full screen, and enjoy these violin concerto masterpieces-My top four favorites:

#4 Johannes Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major:

#3 L.V. Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D Major [with an encore of the French composer Jules Massenet's "Meditation" from Thais]:

#2 Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E minor:

#1 P.I. Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major

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