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Top 100 Concertos

Top 100 Concertos

Top 100 Concertos

White Hat's

Top 100 Concertos


During 2007, the ABC conducted a survey of its listeners to find their top 100 concerti which prompted us at White Hat to compile our own list.

Please bear with us for a couple of weeks while we get our list together. It takes a while to track down the correct spelling over a range of languages.

Here is our incomplete list (in no particular order as yet)

Barber Violin Concerto Op.14 [ABC No. 68]
Mozart Concertone in C (for two violins), K190 [ABC - not listed]

Britten Violin Concerto, Op 13 [ABC - not listed]
Vaughan Williams Tuba Concerto in F minor [ABC No. 98]

Jongen Symphonie Concertante (for organ and orchestra) [ABC - not listed]

Saint-Sa ns Piano Concerto No.2 in G minor Op.22 [ABC No. 58]

Elgar Violin Concerto in B minor Op.61 [ABC No. 35]

Mozart Bassoon Concerto in B flat K191 [ABC No. 95]

Villa-Lobos Harp Concerto [ABC - unlisted]

Korngold Violin Concerto in D Op.35 [ABC No. 88]

Marcello Oboe Concerto in D minor [ABC No. 69]

Haydn Cello Concerto No.2 in D Hob2 [ABC No. 87]

Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto in C major, RV535 {ABC - not listed] - the middle movement shows that the piccolo can be a romantic instrument.

Finzi Clarinet Concerto [ABC - unlisted]

Villa-Lobos Harmonica Concerto [ABC - not listed] - one of the finest works of this prolific composer.

Margaret Sutherland Concerto Grosso (for violin, viola and harpsichord) [ABC -unlisted]

Mozart Piano Concerto No.22 in E flat K482 [ABC No. 63]

Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor Op.26 [ABC No. 4] - although Bruch wrote nine violin concerti this remains by far the most popular.

Dvoř k Cello Concerto in B minor Op.104 [ABC No. 14]

Bart k Piano Concerto No.2 [ABC - not listed]

Haydn Sinfonia Concertante in B flat, Hob.I:105

Poulenc Concerto for Organ, String Orchestra and Timpani [ABC - not listed]

Mozart Piano Concerto No.21 in C K467 [ABC No. 13]

Jongen Symphonie Concertante for organ and orchestra [ABC - not listed]

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor Op.23 [ABC No. 9]

Grieg Piano Concerto in A minor Op.16 [ABC No. 11]

Piazzolla Aconcagua Bandone n Concerto [ABC - not listed]

Telemann Viola Concerto in G [ABC No. 97] - this deceptively simple work allows the viola to display its lyrical qualities in the lower register.

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in B♭ Major Op.83 (sheet music available) [ABC No.20]

Bart k Concerto for Violin and Orchestra No.2  Sz.112 [ABC - not listed]

Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor Op.26 [ABC No. 4]

Walton Violin Concerto [ABC - not listed] - commissioned by the great violinist Jascha Heifetz

Milhaud Concerto pour harpe, op323 [ABC - not listed] - there are a number of romantic concerti for harp full of glissandi and romantic swooshes, but this sparkling neo-classical concerto exploits the clarity the harp can bring to the texture of an orchestral work.

Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5 in E flat Op.73 'Emperor' [ABC - No. 1]

Walton Viola Concerto [ABC - not listed] - when rejected by the most prominent viola soloist of the time, a fellow composer, Paul Hindemith, showed his belief in the work by playing the solo part in the work's first performance

Shostakovich Violin Concerto No 1 in A minor, Op 99 [ABC - not listed]

Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85 [ABC No. 5]

Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E minor Op.64 [ABC No. 12]

Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A K622 [ABC No. 6]

Ravel Piano Concerto in D Major for the left hand [ABC - not listed] - a work that is both dark and deep and the first that we chose for this list.

Bach Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor BWV1043 [ABC No. 8] - Any work that can survive being scraped away at by two 10 year old girls and still leave you engrossed in Bach's music deserves to be number 1.

Some forthcoming performances featuring concetros from our Top 100:

Ray Chen performs Tchaikovsky

Ray Chen - violin

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Simone Young with Ray Chen (violin).

It’s only fitting that Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto is performed by Australian violinist Ray Chen who rose to international fame performing this piece in the Queen Elisabeth Competition just over 10 years ago.

Inspiring just as much passion is Dvořák’s New World Symphony. A striking blend of his typical Bohemian style and African American influences, Dvořák’s symphony remains a universal favourite - even taken along with Neil Armstrong on his journey to the moon.



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