Tournament Page for more details. So far, the three finalists are: the Mendelssohn, the Sibelius and the Beethoven violin concertos. Which will be the other one? It's a choice between:Today we choose the last of our "Final Four" best violin concertos, which will go on to the third round of our concerto tournament, starting tomorrow. (See our
Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto vs. Bach Concerto for Two Violins ("Bach Double")
Rachel Barton Pine plays the first movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, May 2011, with conductor David Handel and the Moscow City Symphony "Russian Philharmonic" in Moscow,
The last movement of the Tchaikovsky requires a combination of raw energy and refinement, and Janine Jansen brings both:
When it comes to the Bach Double, a lot of us know the first movement, which appears in both Suzuki Books 4 and 5, and whether one is a Suzuki student or not, it's usually part of the pedagogical plan for the aspiring violinist. But the other movements are equally wonderful -- arguably, more so!
The second movement often pops up on albums with titles such as, "Best Most Relaxing, Peaceful, Beautiful Classical Music to Chill Out To…" etc. For once, the marketing directors have a point, it is some of the best-crafted and peaceful music in the classical literature:
And how about some period instrument playing? Here is a pair with both great expertise and duet chemistry, Rachel Podger and Andrew Manze playing the third movement:
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