Conus Violin Concerto
Hello again to the v.com community!
I'm currently working on the Conus (and I'll be using it for a competition in two weeks), and I'm rather curious to hear your thoughts on this seldom-played concerto. I've read the thread from about a decade and a half ago (!!), but I thought it wouldn't hurt to restart this discussion...
I personally think you have an advantage playing the conus. It is a very beautiful concerto and definitely has potential to be a winning piece. Maybe I'll pick it up one day.
The Conus is taught much more by Russians, I think, as a common pedagogical work. Heifetz made a good recording of it, but I've never really warmed to it personally.
The Conus Violin Concerto is one of the most underrated works for violin. It’s was championed by Fritz Kreisler in the early years. The Heifetz recording is a miracle of violin virtuosity and is Itzhak Perlman’s favorite recording. Ironically, I happen to enjoy Perlman’s recording even more than Heifetz’s recording! It’s a real pity that it isn’t played more often. Like the Mendelssohn Concerto, it’s made to order for the violin and so it fits the frame of the left hand nicely. I happen to love the 2nd movement very much. It’s quite beautiful. Be careful with the Galamian edition. Use his fingerings as suggestions only. You need to own your own fingerings. Use whatever fingerings work best for you. Good luck Yolanda!
None of my kids played Conus, but I quite like it and think it is a really nice piece pedagogically as well. Apparently Dorothy DeLay advocated teaching it as well, pretty early on in the sequence.
Yolanda - do you find this concerto inspiring musically? Or is it a work of persistence rather than art? Like Lydia, I have never really engaged (but am open to performances that might reveal its message...).
Whoa! Very wonderful remarks by all. I certainly agree that in this day in age, the Conus is not played as much as it should be. It's personally not my favorite concerto to listen to (or play, for that matter), but it's still pleasant.
I’ve taught Conus a couple of times. Honestly I enjoy it more than the Bruch.
Do you have a favorite recording to share Mary Ellen?
No, what I meant was I enjoy teaching it more than I enjoy teaching Bruch. I don’t actually listen to either in my spare time.
It's a very effective concerto, and emphasizes a strong left hand frame, good core to the sound, and the makings of facility and virtuosity. It was a Galamian vehicle, I'm told, and was very popular at CIM with the faculty. I've suggested it to a couple conductors who say, "It's charming. Let's stick with Tchaikovsky."
There was a young man called Conus,
that's a really good one Buri!
Nice to have you back Buri! If you ever actually went that is....
you were gone for some time yourself, weren't you Elise? also nice to have you back.
A clear case of ‘absinthe makes the heart grow fonder...’