Greatest Violin Concertos of All Time

Such a list didn't exist, so I created it.. I am a composer myself, therefore my list includes all major works in this category. I know all of them and here's my ranking.. Symphonies, piano concertos and violin concertos are the most important musical forms. This list fills the existing gap.

The Top TenXW

1Tchaikovsky - Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major

This is an emotion filled composition. My first exposure to this phenomenal composition was at a live performance and I really did not like it. After listing to recordings by various artists I came to love this concerto.

Simply the best. As beautiful and moving as any composition ever created, with perhaps the most innovative use of synergy/contrast between the lead and the orchestra of any violin concerto. To boot, the lead violin is still considered to this day one of the hardest pieces to play.

My absolute favorite... without hesitation. Full of emotion (everything from tears to cheers), beautiful melody and harmony, full range of violin technique and sound, and pure musical rapture for the listener.

Very nice and relaxed piece

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2Beethoven - Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major

Words cannot describe the wonder of this concerto. Makes you wonder if some higher force was at work when Beethoven composed it.

The greatest master of all music and this piece was masterpiece. though you should read the story behind it. sorry for my bad English

In terms of nobility and spirituality it has no peers!

One of the greatest! - Ananya

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3Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto in E Minor

I agree with the previous voter. This violin concerto is a true innovator, inspirer, and a must-have in every violinist's repertoire. A melodious, beautiful, gorgeous, unearthly, and simply AWE-INSPIRING concerto like no other. The movements have loads of emotion, and they are sweet, catchy, and amazing. A must-listen that should be number 1! "

Mendelsshon's Violin Concerto in E Minor may just be that most perfect piece of music ever written. The construction is immaculate throughout, from the passion and grace of the first movement, the delicacy and haunting qualities of the second, to finally the jubilant and wondrously light third. The transitions from each are fluid, and all it's themes are as memorable as they beautiful.

Why this is not first place, I do not understand. Every movement is gorgeous.

I played this a few years ago. It was the hardest piece I have played to this date.

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4Brahms - Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major

An absolute pleasure to listen to. Full of colour and passion. A dream.

I found mr perlmans interpretation to be superior to all others by far, listen for yourself on utube... You don't have to be a violinist to come to this conclusion. His musicality on the violin is rare and because of this I listened to it over and over again.

This is the best Violin Concerto and the hardest to play. The only one able to perform it with the speed and dexterity in our time was Jascha Heifetz. I have recordings of Itzhak Perlman (a Great Violinist) and have heard other players as well and none of them can come close to playing it like Jascha Heifetz played it. I used to play violin in the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra so I know of what I speak.

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5Sibelius - Violin Concerto in D-Minor

This violin concerto might be a little hard to understand and enjoy at first. At least that happened to me. But when you push yourself to listen to it a few times, you will descover how true and beautiful it is. Classical pieces are hard to compare with all eras bordering them, but my urge to listen to Sibelius' concerto over other great composers wins my vote for this deep and beautiful concerto.

To me, this concerto is the perfect marriage of emotion, technical genius, and orchestration. It truly is without equal.

6Max Bruch - Violin Concerto No. 1

The slow part of the first movement of this concerto can throbs your inner most heart strings. It engulfs you with so much saddens and emotion which makes you to not let it go of it. You can only hear such sad notes in Beethoven's string quartets and Mahler's symphonies (slow notes). Nothing like it. Thanks God and Max Bruch for this great work.

For me, this concerto was a little difficult to understand the meaning and to be able to express a story through the song at first. After a few times listening to other players such as Sarah Chang and Joshua Bell who played the song beautifully, it was much easier to interpret it.

7Vivaldi - Four Seasons

This is a masterpiece, Vivaldi teach how to make concertos to the forward generations of musicians.

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8Bach - Concerto for 2 Violins

The largo is as beautiful as any movement of any concerto of any era

9Mozart - Violin Concerto No.5 in A Major

Wonderful detour into "Turkish" mode. Mozart played with all kinds of expression and here he does another perfect job.

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10Wieniawski - Violin Concerto No. 2.

Wieniawski is a great Polish violinist and composer.

Very beautiful an lyrical concerto

The Contenders

11Chopin - Nocturne In C-sharp Minor, Op. Posth

This rules them all!

Is this a violin concerto? Are you sure?

12Mozart - Violin Concerto No.3 in G Major

Rich melody in all movements.

13Antonin Dvorak - Violin Concerto in A Minor, Op. 53

This certainly should be in the top ten. It is a lovely and beautiful violin concerto. I played in the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra (Violin) and heard and watched Nathan Milstein perform it in Phoenix a long time ago. He was a great violinist and he played much in the style as does Bell today.

14Elgar - Violin Concerto in B Minor

The most underrated violin concerto of all time...

15Niccolò Paganini - Violin Concerto No. 1 In D Major, Op. 6
16Saint Saëns - Violin Concerto no. 3 in A Minor

Underrated, and also in B minor (not to be confused with his Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor or his Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso in A minor). Monumental work of music

17Vivaldi - L'estro Armonica op.3 no.6

Rich melody in al movements - Ananya

18Giovanni Battista Viotti - Violin Concerto No.22 in A-, G97
19Giovanni Battista Viotti - Concerto for Violin & Orchestra No.24 In B-, G105
20Prokofiev - Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major
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3. Beethoven - Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major
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2. Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto in E Minor
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