Now, there are many many amazing violinist out there, and we can affiliate many pieces as almost "their" piece (obviously not their own personal piece). What are some violinist and their show piece? For example, I put together Maxim Vengerov and his Ysaye sonata no. 3 or his Sibelius violin concerto as his most legendary recordings. Any others?
Hilary Hahn is very synonymous with her Bach recordings.
To derail a little, am I the only one that wishes violinists would compose or arrange their own music like the virtuosos of old? I feel like there are so many perfect recordings and performances of all the standard repertoire at this point that none of them stand out to me (you can only get so much mileage out of changing the tempo here and there and dubbing it a "novel interpretation"). The level of virtuosity in a lot of today's players is amazing, yes, but it's not interesting at all.
I can not get over is Ivry Gitlis’ Chaconne (1990 - Japan). He makes it so dirty, yet so humane. It’s unbelievable.
I'm perfectly happy with violinists commissioning new compositions. My big regret is that few of those players allow the works to be published. There are plenty of things I'd like to play that simply aren't available, and plenty of works that have been premiered but not commercially recorded.
So many with Heifetz but Scottish Fantasy is up there...
I think that's the problem with various violinists having made any "definitive" recordings of anything. They keep running into Heifetz.
Szeryng I think Bach
Christian, but it's harder in the other direction. If Sibelius, do you immediately think Mutter? I think what the OP is after is the kind of "household" association that we have with Du Pre and the Elgar.
I’d say Fritz Kreisler and Liebesleid; of course that IS his piece :) I think he was one of the last great violinists who was also a very talented composer.
David Oistrakh and Shostakovich 1.
Paul, I 100% agree that Du Pre has the Elgar to be her showpiece. Those opening chords give me goosebumps everytime
Here are a few ‘definitive’ recordings that come to mind for me by violinists:
Menuhin's Elgar Violin Concerto and possibly the Bartok as well, plus Harold on the viola.
I must disagree with John on Menuhin’s Harold. I feel that Menuhin’s viola playing is wholly unsatisfying without the depth that someone such as Tabea Zimmermann or Kashkashian can bring to the table.
Mark, you HAVE listened to Bruno Giurianna, haven't you?
Of course I’ve listened to Giurianna.