Contemporary violin concertos or sonatas you love
By "contemporary", I suggest ones made by composers who are still actively composing (or perhaps might have been). An alternative definition might be composed during the lifetime of a current violin soloist (read: not very old).
By "concerto" I mean the standard form and any new variations that might have arisen but feature a significant violin solo. Similarly for "sonata".
The point would be to identify works you enjoy that might not be well-known or frequently performed. Identifying specific recordings might be useful.
Thanks in advance for any contributions.
I very much enjoy John Adams's concerto in Chloe Hanslip's performance. I haven't heard any others
I must admit I know very little contemporary music, I'd like to discover more, and I already read a book so that I more or less know which names to look out for, but lack the time currently to really go after it. Just some well-known stuff: I love the violin concerto by Philip Glass, and The Four Seasons recomposed by Max Richter, although the latter is certainly not better than the Vivaldi original. It basically just substitutes in some repetitive material! In Belgium the violin concerto by Jeroen D'hoe is "world famous". With me personally it doesn't really strike a chord, but people may want to check it out.
Contemporary, music and love are three words that don't go together.
The future of contemporary music looks grim!
Contemporary classical music is really an oxymoron. I'll be a devil's advocate: Is it naïve to think that it really can be added to? Perhaps we have to face that Classical music is, well, classical.
The Fiddle Concerto by Mark O'Connor (enjoyed, didn't love)
Ligeti violin concerto is very interesting! I am a big fan of Patricia Kopatchinskaja's relatively recent recording
Esa-Pekka's violin concerto is very stimulating-- heard it twice, once in Boston and then in LA.
I have to agree with Paul - Marsalis's violin concerto is one of the most unique and fun concertos in recent memory and one I'd love to play myself, unlike many of its contemporaries...
I’m learning George Delerue’s Concerto L’Adieu, which was featured in the film Dien Bien Phu (1992). Very melodic. A contemporary composer, Toshi Ichiyanagi, has written quite a bit for the violin. Definitely worth checking out.
Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's violin concerto is probably my current favorite by a living composer.
Peteris Vasks - Concerto 'Distant Light' (I like)
This thread is becoming interesting, keep it coming!
Probably the Penderecki no.2 "Metamorphose" and "In Tempus Praesens" by Sofia Gubaidulina for me.
Check out the work of Polina Nazaykinskaya!
That's hardly a concerto or a sonata. I think I could have written it! Zwilich's concerto is another matter https://youtu.be/kBGv6wOcK1E but isn't it a bit bland and derivative? I get the feeling I've heard it all before. Ligeti I'm afraid doesn't count (sad face).
Adam and Knussen's violin concertos
Aaron Jay Kernis wrote a violin concerto that James Ehnes plays the heck out of. I really love it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjmveZjCheU