For curiosity's sake, I was looking through the "Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music" syllabi for performance diplomas, when I noticed that Shostakovich's Violin Concerto (1st mvt.) was listed at the "LRSM" level. Other pieces mentioned at that level were Lalo, Khachaturian, and Mendelssohn. The pieces suggested for the (higher?) "DipABRSM" level included works like Sibelius, Prokofiev #2, and Chausson's Poeme. Does this mean that Shostakovich's concerto is considered to be a level easier than the Sibelius and other upper-echelon concertos?
I found it odd that it was mentioned alongside Khachaturian and Mendelssohn as opposed to Sibelius, etc., because I had often heard of it (Shostakovich) being one of the most difficult concertos.
Any thoughts? (especially to those who have either played the concerto or are familiar with the "Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music" standards)
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