10 Great Violin Concertos You Must Hear

By |2018-05-20T07:40:39-05:00May 19th, 2018|Categories: Antonin Dvorak, Camille Saint-Saëns, Felix Mendelssohn, Jean Sibelius, Johannes Brahms, Music, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Robert Schumann|

The fun thing about really getting to know the violin concerto repertoire is that there are always more treasures to discover… The violin concerto repertoire is so rich and satisfying, I’m embarrassed to admit that, prior to becoming an adult beginner on the violin in 2005, I was only familiar with a few of them. [...]

“A Conceited Mediocrity”: Why Tchaikovsky Hated Brahms

By |2019-04-30T16:47:47-05:00May 6th, 2017|Categories: Johannes Brahms, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky|

Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky had a lot to say about Johannes Brahms’ music—all bad… “I have played over the music of that scoundrel Brahms,” wrote Tchaikovsky in his diary in 1886. “What a giftless bastard!” Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky had a lot to say about Brahms’ music—all bad. Johannes Brahms, for his part, didn’t [...]

The Top Ten Greatest Violin Concertos

By |2019-04-30T16:47:33-05:00December 31st, 2014|Categories: Camille Saint-Saëns, Felix Mendelssohn, Jean Sibelius, Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Stephen M. Klugewicz, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart|

The violin concerto as a form of music has endured for some 300 years and remains, alongside the piano concerto, the most popular type of concerto played in modern concert halls and committed to recording. The genre was first developed during the Baroque era, when the concerto was conceived as a tripartite structure, running about [...]