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Gramophone’s Top 10 violin concertos

As the violin is the instrument best served with concertos, here’s a violin concerto Top 10 that embraces all the great works at the centre of every violinist’s repertoire ranging from Mozart via Romantic works like the Tchaikovsky to the modern works of the Prokofiev and Bartók…

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No 1

Mozart Violin Concerto No 3

The English Concert / Andrew Manze (vn)

‘Andrew Manze’s vivid notes stress the 19-year-old composer’s…’

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No 2

Beethoven Violin Concerto

Isabelle Faust (vn) Orchestra Mozart / Claudio Abbado

‘The Beethoven and Berg violin concertos aren’t commonly paired on…’

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No 3

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto

Daniel Hope (vn) Chamber Orchestra of Europe / Thomas Hengelbrock

‘Daniel Hope has a chameleon-like ability to…’

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No 4

Brahms Violin Concerto

Julia Fischer (vn) Netherlands PO / Yakov Kreizberg

‘Now well in her stride as a recording artist, German violinist Julia…’

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No 5

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

James Ehnes (vn) Sydney SO / Vladimir Ashkenazy

‘James Ehnes’s programme, complementing the Concerto with the rest of…’

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No 6

Bruch Violin Concerto No 1

Julia Fischer (vn) Tonhalle Orchestra / David Zinman

‘Her bright, attenuated sound, vibrantly expressive but never overbearing…’

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No 7

Berg Violin Concerto

Isabelle Faust (vn) Orchestra Mozart / Claudio Abbado

‘The Beethoven and Berg violin concertos aren’t commonly paired on…’

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No 8

Bartók Violin Concerto No 2

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (vn) Frankfurt RSO / Peter Eötvös

‘Bartók’s Second Violin Concerto has long since…’

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No 9

Prokofiev Violin Concerto No 2

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (vn) LPO / Vladimir Jurowski

‘In the last movement of Prokofiev’s…’

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No 10

Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 1

Lisa Batiashvili (vn) Bavarian RSO / Esa-Pekka Salonen

‘The new-found popularity of Shostakovich’s greatest concerto has…’