Hard to believe, but some of the most elegant concerti ever written for the violin were actually written by a 19-year-old, over the course of less than a year! That's right, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart wrote his five concertos at a rather young age, all in 1775.
The most-played and most-studied of them are Concerti 3, 4, and 5. All have that Mozartian characteristic of sounding graceful and straightforward, while being deceptively difficult to play cleanly and in the proper style.
Which of these concerti is your favorite? What are your favorite recordings of them? Do you have a favorite live performance that you attended? Please cast your vote and tell us about it in the comments. And, if there are any of these concerti you have not heard, below are a few videos.
Below is a lovely recording of Henryk Szeryng, playing Mozart concerti nos. 1, 2 and 3. The first one is at the beginning, followed by No. 2 at 21:14; and No. 3 at 42:04. What are your favorite recordings of Mozart concerti?
Here are 4 and 5, too, in case you are in the mood to keep listening! (4 at the beginning, 5 at 23:54)
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