What is your favorite opening of a concerto?
I absolutely love the Sibelius!!!!!!!
I love Vieuxtemps 5; opens with a neapolitan chord, and only reaches the tonic 30 seconds later... What a way to begin a piece! Kind of like how Beethoven opens with the dominant, or how Conus opens with a German 6th. I think it adds a certain elegance and sophistication to the entrance of the violin.
I enjoy Dvorak violin concerto and cello. Also the Wieniawski no 1
Sibelius it is...
Sibelius, Glazunov, and Beethoven for me.
For me it is Prokofiev 1 and Brahms, and for different reasons. The opening of Prokofiev 1 is absolutely bewitching. In very little time at all, the mood and the color are set in a way that is delicate as well as thoroughly descriptive. In terms of sheer impact, nothing compares to the opening of Brahms in my opinion. I feel like the violin comes in to say "I mean business, so get on board or back off!".
I am surprised nobody has mentioned Mendelssohn yet (e-minor of course, not d-minor!). It was quite radical, even visionary, at the time to do away entirely with the opening tutti. On top of that the beginning manages to establish fully the nervous, driving energy that permeates the entire movement (and many other movements by Mendelssohn).
(soloist) Mozart V. The simplest and yet most profound opening of them all. The Adagio is almost a concerto on its own.
Firm favourites for me are the Sibelius, Mendelssohn, but actually, one of my favourite concertos of all time is the Elgar Cello Concerto. I am excited to hear the recording Sheku Kenneh-Mason has done. He is a fantastic cellist.
I’ve gotta go with the Berg. With the Berg you get one last chance to check your open string tunings as you’re starting the piece! ;-D
Haha. Thats funny
Another good one which I like a lot is the opening of Paganini's 2nd Concerto. It sounds like a curtain opening on a dramatic opera, and opera of course was Paganini's aesthetic model.
I love the opening of the Barber, which always sounds to me like spring blooming out all at once.
I'm quite fond of the Mieczyslaw Karlowicz concerto's opening, though there's stuff I probably like better.
I too like the opening bars of Barber's concerto. It takes you straight into the world of the piece with a beguiling violin melody.
Paganini 1., Korngold, Mozart 3., Tchaikovsky op 35. ...
The opening of the Wieniawski #1 makes me think of a cocky teenager, full of youthful bravado and exuberance, confidently yelling out to the world that he's now the greatest violinist on the planet. What else might a 17 year old violin genius like Henryk Wieniawski be thinking with an opening like that?
I really like Wieniawski no 1. One of my all time favourite concertos
I would say Lalo'SE or the Mendelssohn in E minor.
I love Mendelssohn's Intermezzo from Midsummer Nights Dream- the way it evokes wisps of wind and rushing leaves and fireflies and nights in the woods. I must admit that it sounds curiously more like Autumn than a Midsummer's Night though. I even wrote a script scene around it once, but I had to leave Arizona before it could be produced- not the right mood I guess.
I like Tchaikovsky. Does the opening melody (played by the strings) reappear in another form? I’m not sure it does. The orchestras crescendo gives me goosebumps. But there is a relaxed feeling when the solo violin enters.
Are we talking about general openings or violinist openings? My favorite is Brahms but seeing as this is a violinist forum that may be a little bit of a cop out.
Vieuxtemps 5 and Wieniawski 1 are beautiful and dramatic openings for the solo part.
Here's a tip of the hat to Tom Allen of the CBC, who once sang the opening notes to the final movement of the violin concerto by...
If we are talking about entrances, Brahms is definitely up there. I also love Sibelius and along side Weiniawksi (I think I spelt his name wrong) #1, which is hellishly difficult (excuse me language)
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