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. Don't agree with the list? Vote for an existing item you think should be ranked higher or if you are a logged in, add a new item for others to vote on or create your own version of this list.

The Top Ten

Tchaikovsky - 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.
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.
Hands down the best. Also the hardest.
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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.
Hard choice. But there is something so pure and straightforward about this one, compared with the frenzied gypsy-influenced Tchiakovsky and Brahms. Sometimes less is more.
This make me feel in heaven!
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3Vivaldi - Four Seasons
This is a masterpiece, Vivaldi teach how to make concertos to the forward generations of musicians.

4Brahms - Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major
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.
Best violin concerto ever written, apart from Beethoven's.


Best violin concerto ever written, including Beethoven's

5Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto in E Minor
Why this is not first place, I do not understand. Every movement is gorgeous.

6Sibelius - 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.

7Wieniawski - Violin Concerto No. 2.

8Max Bruch - Violin Concerto No. 1

9Bach - Concerto for 2 Violins

10Chopin - Nocturne In C-sharp Minor, Op. Posth
This rules them all!

The Contenders

11Mozart - Violin Concerto No.3 in G Major

12Mozart - Violin Concerto No.5 in A Major

13Vivaldi - L'estro Armonica op.3 no.6

14Prokofiev - Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major

15Elgar - Violin Concerto in B Minor

16Antonin 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.

17Giovanni Battista Viotti - Violin Concerto No.22 in A-, G97

18Giovanni Battista Viotti - Concerto for Violin & Orchestra No.24 In B-, G105

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