10 Lesser-Known Violin Concertos You Should Hear Right Now

By Stephen Raskauskas |

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For every cherished Beethoven or Tchaikovsky violin concerto, there's a concerto Szymanowski or a Berwald that deserves some more love! Below find a list of 10 lesser-known violin concertos that might become one of your new favorites.


10. Myaskovsky: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op 44

Vadim Repin, St Petersburg Kirov Orchestra / Valery Gergiev



9. Chevalier de Meude-Monpas: Violin Concerto No 4 in D major

Rachel Barton Pine, Encore Chamber Orchestra / Daniel Hege



8. Arensky: Violin Concerto in A minor, Op 54

Ilya Gringolts, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Ilan Volkov



7. Szymanowski: Violin Concerto No 1, Op 35

Ilya Kaler, Warsaw Philharmonic / Antoni Wit



6. Tveitt: Hardanger Fiddle Concerto No 2, “Three Fjords”

Sigbjørn Bernhaft Osa, Bergen Philharmonic / Karsten Andersen



5. Bruch: Violin Concerto No 2 in D minor, Op 44

Itzhak Perlman, Israel Philharmonic / Zubin Mehta



4. Conus: Violin Concerto in E minor, Op 1

Jascha Heifetz, RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra / Izler Solomon



3. Berwald: Violin Concerto in C-sharp minor, Op 2

Arve Tellefsen, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / Ulf Björlin



2. Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Violin Concerto No 2, Op 66, “I profeti”

Itzhak Perlman, Israel Philharmonic / Zubin Mehta



1. Bacewicz: Violin Concerto No 1

Joanna Kurkowicz, Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Łukasz Borowicz