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15 Essential Violin Concertos

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On Saturday, Sept. 4 through Monday, Sept. 6, WQXR kicks off our month-long ViolinFest by featuring 15 violin concertos that we consider essential. Tune in throughout Labor Day weekend to hear these pillars of the violin repertoire. Here we've included a suggested recording of each of the concertos. Tell us about your favorite violin concerto, your favorite recordings, and what we're missing.

The List:

Bach Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041
    Suggested: Hilary Hahn / Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra 

Bach Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, BWV 1043
    Suggested: Itzhak Perlman and Isaac Stern / New York Philharmonic

Barber Violin Concerto
    Suggested: James Ehnes / Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Beethoven Violin Concerto, Op. 61
    Suggested: Renaud Capucon / Rotterdam Philharmonic

Brahms Violin Concerto, Op. 77
    Suggested: Anne Sophie Mutter / Vienna Philharmonic

Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 26
    Suggested: Gil Shaham / Philharmonia Orchestra

Glazunov Violin Concerto
    Suggested: Leila Josefowicz / Montreal Sym Orchestra

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Op. 64
    Suggested: Itzhak Perlman / London Symphony Orchestra

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 3, K. 216
    Suggested: Thomas Zehetmair / Philharmonia Orchestra

Mozart Violin Concerto No. 4, K. 218
    Suggested: Christian Tetzlaff / Deutsche Kammerphilarmonie

Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 1 in D
    Suggested: Kyung Wha Chung / London Symphony Orchestra

Prokofiev Violin Concerto No. 2 in G Minor
    Suggested: David Oistrakh / Philharmonia Orchestra

Sibelius Violin Concerto, Op. 47
    Suggested: Vadim Repin / London Symphony Orchestra

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, Op. 35
    Suggested: Maxim Vengerov / Berlin Philharmonic

Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No. 5
    Suggested: Sarah Chang / Philharmonia Orchestra