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Fri Feb 12, 2021, 03:53 PM

Are there "five great violin concertos?"

When we're in the car, trying to identify music and it's a violin concerto, I run through what I thought were "the five," Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Bruch and Sibelius. But I heard the Sibelius today and it was totally not familiar. Didn't sound "great" either. Are there five? If so, what are they?

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las

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LAS14 Feb 12 OP
elleng Feb 12 #1
LAS14 Feb 12 #6
Turbineguy Feb 12 #2
elleng Feb 12 #3
SCantiGOP Feb 12 #5
LAS14 Feb 12 #7
Blue Owl Feb 12 #4
joshdawg Feb 12 #8


Response to elleng (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 12, 2021, 05:02 PM

6. Oooh!!!! Of course!!! Mendelssohn!!! I always listed him too. I must have been listing 6.

Thank you!!!

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Response to LAS14 (Original post)

Fri Feb 12, 2021, 04:02 PM

2. Check out the

Aaron Rosand Sibelius recording.

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Response to LAS14 (Original post)

Fri Feb 12, 2021, 04:08 PM

3. add Mendelsohn to Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky and Bruch.

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Response to elleng (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 12, 2021, 04:45 PM

5. Definitely Mendelssohn

Probably my favorite

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Response to elleng (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 12, 2021, 05:03 PM

7. Yup, that's it. I must have been listing 6 all those times. nt

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Response to LAS14 (Original post)

Fri Feb 12, 2021, 04:24 PM

4. Give the Sibelius a few more listens

Maybe try out some different recordings with different soloists. It may grow on you after that. Some might say it doesn't have the immediate appeal the other four concertos seem to have.

FYI I like the recordings by Pinchas Zukerman and Anne Sophie Mutter but there are many great ones out there to select from...

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Response to LAS14 (Original post)

Fri Feb 12, 2021, 08:13 PM

8. And then there are Mozart and Paganini.

The "great" are almost purely subjective, just like music and art and many others.
Personally, and I may have had my head buried in the sand but, I have never heard of the "five great violin concerti" being called that. Whether they were the ones mentioned or any of the others that are still extant.
just sayin'

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