Let's Argue!

June 20, 2011 at 07:04 PM ·

I've always loved #3 the best. I can't support my preference with any actual facts.....but I think this concerto is often undervalued, as compared to #4 and #5.

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June 20, 2011 at 07:24 PM ·

Well, 3 has a special place in my musical life, because it was the first of the Mozart concertos that I did.

But best?  Hmmm -- that's a bit like asking me which of my family members I love best.  My answer: Different ones for different qualities.  So, in my book, this has to be a matter of opinion; I don't think there is a real answer.

Still, I can't just leave it there -- you've got my creative mental energies going.  For reach and endurance, I'd pick 4 and 5 over 3.  They appeal more to the adventuresome, aggressive side of me than 3 does.  1 and 2, on the other hand, have more of the buddy-buddy sound to my ear and mind.

June 20, 2011 at 11:00 PM ·

I vote for 3.  It just sounds soooo good.  5 is a brilliant piece -- no doubt.  But we are doing opinions here, so mine is 3.

June 21, 2011 at 01:16 AM ·


All good points. I shouldn't have said "best"-- I know better than that. That was tongue-in-cheek. But favorite? I can say that!

June 21, 2011 at 01:41 AM ·

 I think the opening solo to no. 5 is absolutely gorgeous.  I guess we know where my vote is then.  :) 

June 21, 2011 at 02:33 AM ·

I don't have an opinion about which piece I like, but I do find it incredibly refreshing to be arguing about something other than shoulder rests :-)

June 21, 2011 at 03:07 AM ·

Which Mozart violin concerto is best?  Why, the Sinfonia Concertante, of course.

By the way, should I use an electronic tuner to improve my deplorable intonation?

June 21, 2011 at 03:11 AM ·

I have to say that I like no. 3 the best. The Rondeau 3rd movement is just too sweet to pass up.

June 21, 2011 at 03:20 AM ·

3rd. No reason except I like it best.

June 21, 2011 at 03:21 PM ·

 @ Smiley Hsu:

"I don't have an opinion about which piece I like, but I do find it incredibly refreshing to be arguing about something other than shoulder rests :-)"

A-ha! You have exposed my nefarious plot!!!

My worthless opinion about shoulder rests? Use what works for you.

June 21, 2011 at 05:23 PM ·

I've had 5 shoulder rests. Number 1 and 2 aren't even worth talking about. Number 4 was nice, but it didn't give the romantic "feel" of Number 5, nor the straightforward direct quality of Number 3. For a while I was considering not even using a shoulder rest. But then I realized that I had no place to put my shoulder, and how can you even mention "violin" without thinking "shoulder rest"?

:) Sandy

June 21, 2011 at 06:03 PM ·

 La la la la la la I can't HEAR you!!!

June 21, 2011 at 06:13 PM ·

As I was about to say, I love all of the Mozart concertos, but for some reason I keep coming back to Number 4. I never get tired of it. And, Scott, check out my comment on the Francescatti discussion. I hope that it helps you to reconcile your purchase. And I do so appreciate your comments for all of these years.

June 21, 2011 at 06:32 PM ·

My favorite is 5. Unless you use a shoulder rest with it. Then I'll take Vivaldi. :)

June 23, 2011 at 04:42 AM ·

Number 23 is my favorite.  It is usually played on a piano .

June 23, 2011 at 10:44 PM ·

I can't decide a favorite... I don't function that way... But I have decided that when I get to the point of learning a Mozart concerto, I will try all the shoulder rests until I find the perfect one for the Mozart, and put finger tapes on and practice with an electronic tuner until I play with perfect intonation! I will use the cheapest bow I can find, because bows don't make any difference. I will emulate Andre Rieu, Vanessa-Mae, and Anna Karkowska to achieve the best tone! ;)

June 23, 2011 at 11:29 PM ·

We are anxiously awaiting to see your performance on YouTube

June 23, 2011 at 11:33 PM ·


what@s this `get to ` stuff.  It`s importnat to learn the Mozart cocnertos before you are ready. 



June 25, 2011 at 12:27 AM ·

Depends what you mean by "best". I personally love No. 2.

June 25, 2011 at 10:47 PM ·

i like #1 (k.211) and #5 (k.219) best

June 29, 2011 at 07:12 PM ·

I have an answer. But I'd prefer not to say it, or I'd hurt the others' feelings! ;D

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