Best & Most Difficult Violin Sonatas
I’m selecting a sonata for RCM Level 10 List B and I’ve narrowed it down to my top 5.
Brahms in G Major, op. 78 1st and 2nd movements
Grieg Sonata in C Minor, op. 45, no. 3 1st and 2nd movements
Prokofiev, op. 115 1st and 2nd movements OR 2nd and 3rd movements
Schubert A Major, op. posth. 162, 1st and 2nd movements
I really love the Grieg sonata, but it is so long and requires luscious vibrato which I lack. In all honesty, I will probably pick the one that will allow me to score the highest and work on more difficult pieces on the side.
In your opinion, which is the easiest and which is the most difficult?
I'm not familiar with the Schubert but I would guess that the Brahms is the least difficult.
What about the Grieg sonata makes it so unbearable? My teacher dislike Bruch concerto because it’s overplayed.
I just do not care for it. It's a matter of personal taste, obviously. To my ear it is very long and goes nowhere. My student felt otherwise which is why she programmed it.
If your vibrato is weak you might want to avoid the Brahms too. I think the Shubert is the easiest by far - technically, but requires excellent phrasing to pull it off.
...it depends where your strenghts and weaknesses lie.
OP: were you drawn to the Grieg and Schubert by the Kreisler/Rachmaninov recordings?