March 19, 2012 at 6:13 PMWe resume our Violin Tournament today, with the Sibelius Violin Concerto vs. Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1!
Yes it's a vote, but please also look at it as a chance to measure your thoughts, talk about your favorite recordings, share experiences, historical info, and whatever else you'd like to add in relation to these concertos.
Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, opus 19, by Sergei Prokofiev
Premiered in 1923, the concerto begins with a dreamy first movement, moves to a wickedly wild "Scherzo" second movement (fast, not slow!) then a third movement that's kind of all over the place, with moments intimate and very outward, big and small, meandering in places and directed in others. It has that signature eloquence mixed with abandon that musicians tend to love in Prokofiev.
Here is violinist Hilary Hahn, performing with conductor Lorin Maazel and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Part 1: Movement 1, Andantino
Part 2: Movement 2, Scherzo Vivacissimo
Part 3: Movement 3, Moderato
Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47, by Jean Sibelius
Jean Sibelius completed his violin concerto in 1904, apparently in an alcoholic fog. He was a late-starting violinist himself (having taken it up at age 14), and his love for the violin was deep: he aspired -- and failed -- to become a great violinist. Nevertheless he wrote one of the best violin concertos we have. In fact, the violin concerto was the only "concerto" he wrote for any instrument. It's like no other violin concerto; what piece of music depicts the beauty of an icy landscape better than the opening of the Sibelius VC?
Here is a really lovely performance, with violinist Lisa Batiashvili, conductor Sakari Oramo and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Part 1: Movement 1, Allegro moderato
Part 2: Movement 1, continued, cadenza.
Part 3: Movement 2, Adagio di molto
Part 4: Movement 3, Allegro ma non tanto
@Joshua if you type "chee-yun sibelius" into YouTube you will get some videos to watch.
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