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Re: Your Top Violin Concertos!
« Reply #20 on: June 09, 2007, 02:06:03 PM »
A bit more on this one would be appreciated when you get the opportunity Christo.

From memory, then. Respighi major violin concerto stems from, I guess, 1925 or so (the first one is an early work I don't really care for) and was a failure at its premiere. The composer had high expectations, but was duly disappointed. Yet, even if it's not totally succesful, I think it's one of the cornerstones of his major, 1920s and 1930s style: his very personal brand of '''neo-classicism''', in this case: a rather modal/romantic/neoclassicist version of his ideas about early church music.

But the outcome, the Concerto Gregoriano, is rather beautiful. It reminds a little bit of Vaughan Williams' at his most modal, but is better compared with other attempts by Resphighi in the same direction: especially the String Quartet 'Dorico' from the same period, an passages from his later operas (Maria Egiziaca especially).
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Re: Your Top Violin Concertos!
« Reply #21 on: June 09, 2007, 02:23:17 PM »
From memory, then. Respighi major violin concerto stems from, I guess, 1925 or so (the first one is an early work I don't really care for) and was a failure at its premiere. The composer had high expectations, but was duly disappointed. Yet, even if it's not totally succesful, I think it's one of the cornerstones of his major, 1920s and 1930s style: his very personal brand of '''neo-classicism''', in this case: a rather modal/romantic/neoclassicist version of his ideas about early church music.

But the outcome, the Concerto Gregoriano, is rather beautiful. It reminds a little bit of Vaughan Williams' at his most modal, but is better compared with other attempts by Resphighi in the same direction: especially the String Quartet 'Dorico' from the same period, an passages from his later operas (Maria Egiziaca especially).

Is there a recording that stands out here IYO?

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Re: Your Top Violin Concertos!
« Reply #22 on: June 09, 2007, 04:15:32 PM »
The Sibelius should be here as much as I love his other works, but I haven't really connected with it yet.

I beg you: get the Ida Haendel/Paavo Berglund/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra recording on EMI. It'll connect you for sure. ;)

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Re: Your Top Violin Concertos!
« Reply #23 on: June 09, 2007, 04:33:13 PM »
Anyone here like the Philip Glass concerto as much as I do?

Not top ten, but it is quite mesmerizingly good  ;D

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« Reply #24 on: June 09, 2007, 08:52:34 PM »
Me! Me! It floored me when I first heard it. It's in my top ten right now actually.

Immediately loved it. The orchestral writing is superb.  :D

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Re: Your Top Violin Concertos!
« Reply #25 on: June 09, 2007, 09:04:50 PM »
In no particular order:

Szymanowski 1 (2 is pretty good, too).
Bartok (there's only 1 Bartok violin concerto.  The concerto now called No. 1 was some juvenelia Bartok never intended to be part of his catalog.)
Brahms
Beethoven
Shostakovich 1
Prokofiev 1 & 2
Myaskovsky
Sibelius
Stravinsky
William Schuman
Nielsen
Elgar
Bach BWV 1041-1043
Vivaldi: lots of nice violin concertos
Barber
Martin

Oh, and I like the Glass concerto, too.

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Re: Your Top Violin Concertos!
« Reply #26 on: June 09, 2007, 10:06:14 PM »
Is there a recording that stands out here IYO?

Definitely the one with Lydia Mordkovitch, at Chandos.
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Re: Your Top Violin Concertos!
« Reply #27 on: June 10, 2007, 02:58:36 AM »
I have read somewhere that many people consider the Stravinsky violin concerto the most brilliantly written of his purely instrumental works. Wish I could find the the reference now, but it surprised me somewhat - I didn;t know it was held in such high regard. Must listen again at any rate!

Aside from many of those already mentioned I am partial to Rodrigo's (concierto de Estio).
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Re: Your Top Violin Concertos!
« Reply #28 on: June 10, 2007, 03:17:57 AM »
I enjoy most (in order they came up my mind):

Aloyz Ajdic: Violin concerto
Dmitry Shostakovich: Violin concerto No.1
Marcel Landowski: Violin concerto
Stanley Wolfe: Violin concerto
John Adams: The Dharma at Big Sur
Marek Harris: New Angels
Leos Janacek: Violin concerto

and a lot more
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Re: Your Top Violin Concertos!
« Reply #29 on: June 10, 2007, 06:33:26 AM »
Aloyz Ajdic: Violin concerto

Never heard of, tell us more!
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Re: Your Top Violin Concertos!
« Reply #30 on: June 10, 2007, 06:34:56 AM »
Lalo: symphonie espangnole

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Re: Your Top Violin Concertos!
« Reply #31 on: June 10, 2007, 06:35:24 AM »
Definitely the one with Lydia Mordkovitch, at Chandos.

Thanks Christo.

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Re: Your Top Violin Concertos!
« Reply #32 on: June 10, 2007, 12:00:29 PM »
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Lalo: symphonie espangnole

This would be in my list, but I wasn't sure if it counted as a Violin Concerto...

The Stravinsky concerto is one of my very favorite works of his, it caught me the minute I first heard it and has never let go.  ;D

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Re: Your Top Violin Concertos!
« Reply #33 on: June 10, 2007, 12:49:38 PM »
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Re: Your Top Violin Concertos!
« Reply #34 on: June 10, 2007, 04:26:07 PM »
Both Shostakovich one's
Brahms
Sibelius
Mendlessohn (When I'm in the mood for it)
Bruch
Lalo: Symphony Espagnole

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Re: Your Top Violin Concertos!
« Reply #35 on: June 11, 2007, 02:42:21 AM »
Britten & Sibelius

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Re: Your Top Violin Concertos!
« Reply #36 on: June 11, 2007, 04:39:55 AM »

In random order:

Shostakovich #1
Brahms
Beethoven
Goldmark
Vieuxtemps #4 and #5
Khachaturian
Britten
Prokofiev #1 and #2
Sibelius
Tchaikovsky

Well, that's 12. Time to stop. But there are plenty more!

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Re: Your Top Violin Concertos!
« Reply #37 on: June 11, 2007, 04:40:25 AM »
I beg you: get the Ida Haendel/Paavo Berglund/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra recording on EMI. It'll connect you for sure. ;)

Perlman/Previn, Pittsburg is pretty good too.  ;)

I see that no one has included the Saint-Seans concerti. I would nominate No. 3 for our lists.

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Re: Your Top Violin Concertos!
« Reply #38 on: June 11, 2007, 05:56:34 AM »
Perlman/Previn, Pittsburg is pretty good too.  ;)

I see that no one has included the Saint-Seans concerti. I would nominate No. 3 for our lists.

I like #3. But no one nowadays seems to play #2 (in public, anyway). It's a fine concerto that Ivry Gitlis and Philippe Graffin (amongst a few others) have recorded.

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Re: Your Top Violin Concertos!
« Reply #39 on: June 11, 2007, 01:49:35 PM »
Harry - I have Ulf Hoelscher's complete St Saens VC set plus extra pieces. Regards - Lee

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