Greatest Violin Concertos of All Time

July 29, 2015 - 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.
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.

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
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.

3Brahms - Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major
An absolute pleasure to listen to. Full of colour and passion. A dream.
Best violin concerto ever written, apart from Beethoven's.


Best violin concerto ever written, including Beethoven's

4Mendelssohn - 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! "
Why this is not first place, I do not understand. Every movement is gorgeous.
It is a genius composition. So many intricate melodies and with that, counter melodies.

5Vivaldi - Four Seasons
This is a masterpiece, Vivaldi teach how to make concertos to the forward generations of musicians.

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

7Bach - Concerto for 2 Violins
The largo is as beautiful as any movement of any concerto of any era

8Max Bruch - Violin Concerto No. 1
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.

9Wieniawski - Violin Concerto No. 2.

10Chopin - Nocturne In C-sharp Minor, Op. Posth
This rules them all!
Is this a violin concerto? Are you sure?

The Contenders

11Mozart - Violin Concerto No.5 in A Major

12Mozart - Violin Concerto No.3 in G Major
Rich melody in all movements.

13Elgar - Violin Concerto in B Minor
The most underrated violin concerto of all time...

14Vivaldi - L'estro Armonica op.3 no.6

15Antonin 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.

16Niccolò Paganini - Violin Concerto No. 1 In D Major, Op. 6

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

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

19Prokofiev - Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major

20Karl Goldmark Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 28

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