Obscure Violin Concertos?
Anybody got any lesser, but still amazing violin concertos? I am looking for some pieces that aren't overused and maybe even rare, but are still incredible pieces. Also, any lesser-known composers that you like? Thanks.
Conus E minor,
I have a bunch of obscure favorites, though when it comes to violin repertoire I am only a listener as I mainly play viola.
There are some obscure violin concertos posted in the blog by Tobias Broeker, as well as in the "For the Record" series. Also, what about Dvorak or Walton violin concerto?
Britten is getting more exposure, but is still a bit "out there" in terms of recognition.
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Lalo's Violin Concerto is a big favorite of mine. There is also an Ysaye concerto no. 8 recording on youtube.
Viotti No. 427 is rarely played.
Borgström Violin Concerto in G major, Op. 25. I've been enjoying the recording of it by Eldbjørg Hemsing this week. Hadn't even heard of the composer!
The Khrennikov violin concerto in D Major is probably only obscure because the sheet music is so hard to get, but it's one of my favorite rarely played pieces. I've liked it since I was a little kid but I still never could find the sheet music.
The Ginastera Violin Concerto is an incredibly cool piece, but since it's ridiculously difficult, it's rarely played.
I love Jorge Grundman's "Concerto Sentido for Violin, Viola, Cello and string orchestra". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whvLkNWrm1w
@Paul Deck - yes all of the last 642 Viotti concerti get little attention - who knew that he has continued to write so prolifically, despite his style going out of fashion in the 1780s and him dying shortly afterwards? :)
There are many violin concertos that are not well-known but very interesting. Kurt Weill, Delius (really beautiful), Szymanowski (especially the first concerto), the first Bartok Concerto, Respighi, and some beasts that are rarely played due to length and difficulty like the Joachim "Hungarian" Concerto, Max Reger and Busoni (which I actually saw live once in a phenomenal performance by Frank Peter Zimmerman). Heifetz premiered and recorded a few very cool concertos that never entered the mainstream repertoire like Gruenberg, Rosza, Castelnuovo-Tedesco (no. 2, though he did apprently record the first which was never released). There are a lot more that will probably pop up in my mind later...
@Chris such an event as insignificant as death would not keep a man like Viotti from churning out more violin concertos.
Both Nikolai Rakov concerti are pretty rad.
I absolutely love the Dohnányi Violin Concerto No 1 Op.27 (he wrote two) and wish it was played more...
Walton Violin Concerto is pretty good, as is the Bruch D minor.
The Goldmark Violin Concerto is rarely performed anymore. It is a gorgeous piece. Nathan Milstein's recording of it is fabulous. Josh Bell's recording of the piece is also excellent.
I love performing the Bruch d minor, the Arensky (Tchaikovsky-lite), Conus, and the Suk Fantasie. I'm doing Joachim's "Hungarian" concerto in 2020 - a desert island piece for me. Bruch 3 would be ideal if it were ten minutes shorter...
Fauré Concerto Movement - though I prefer his handling of the themes in his much later string quartet.
Vaughan William's Violin Concerto in D minor, for violin and strings. Also known as "Concerto Accademico". It has been recorded by Kenneth Sillitoe.
Kurt Weill concerto with wind ensemble, Lou Harrison concerto with percussion ensemble, Busoni, Elliot Carter (2). I've performed the first 3 so here we have obscure violin concertos performed by an obscure violinist.
Haha to Mr. Berg!
Some concerto's I really like but are rarely played are De beriot no. 2,3,4, and Karol Lipinski no 3. Also Vieuxtemps no. 1 and 2 and Myaskovsky violin concerto:)
Nina, I like mine .