Well, we've picked our favorites, and now it's time to pick our favorites of the favorites!
In other words, our Violin Concerto Tournament enters Round 2, and the decisions will only get more difficult. For the record, we have whittled it down to eight violin concertos: Mendelssohn, Vivaldi 'Four Seasons,' Sibelius, Brahms, Beethoven, Bruch, Bach Double and (probably) Tchaikovsky. (For an overview and links to previous votes, please see our Tournament Page)
Today we have (drum roll)…
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto vs. Vivaldi Four Seasons
Just for fun, here are some more recordings for your listening enjoyment, and feel free to list your own and lobby for your favorite in the comments below:
Gorgeous first movement of the Mendelssohn with Henryk Szeryng; they have the video embedding disabled, so here is the link: http://youtu.be/C0aZt5vgFHE
Here's the third movement of the Mendelssohn, Anne-Sophie Mutter, with Kurt Masur and the Gewandhaus:
Vivaldi's "Summer" -- on accordion! http://youtu.be/NiRNzIUkDuk
Brrrr, "Winter"! Here is a Baroque instrument version, with violinist Giuliano Carmignola and the Venice Baroque Orchestra, directed by Andrea Marcon:
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