Every classical music fan knows the great violin concertos – Mendelssohn, Bruch, Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Brahms, and so on. But here are ten lesser-known concertos (or individual movements) which deserve more attention.
Kabalevsky, second movement of Violin Concerto in C major, op. 48 (1948).
Achingly beautiful. I could die to this music. And I do, a little bit, whenever I hear it.
Astonishingly condensed, utterly lovely. One of my favourite pieces of music.
Mendelssohn, Violin Concerto in D minor (1822).
Not the famous Mendelssohn concerto: this is the first one he wrote, aged 13. Yes, 13. (When I was 13, I could just about pronounce my own name; Mendelssohn could write this.)
Lush baroque gorgeousness. A four-violin, seven-movement spectacular – the seventh movement is particularly spectacular.
Wow. Just … wow.
I hate listening to this by myself: it’s the kind of thing I want to share with someone special.
How this isn’t a classic I do not know.
Khachaturian, last movement of Violin Concerto in D minor (1940).
The epitome of the Romantic violin concerto.