Category Archives: Concerto

Paganini: Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 6

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Looking at the history of western classical music, it seems that great composers were often great instrument players, some even virtuosos at their times. Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, Brahms and Rachmaninoff, just to name a few. On the flip side, however, … Continue reading

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Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S.124

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Of many legends of great classical pieces coming out of of long gestation, Liszt’s first Piano concerto would probably stand out on top thanks to the number of years he had spent on the piece, 26 years! From the year … Continue reading

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Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 16

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Grieg’s only piano concerto is not a grand, sophisticated piece and far from being technically challenging, but it’s masterfully crafted (he made hundreds of edits after its premier), refreshingly lyrical, and rich in folk music spirit of the composer’s homeland, which … Continue reading

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Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op. 26

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Max Bruch wrote three violin concertos, most of us (myself included) are only aware of his first, which is extremely popular on concert playbills as well as recordings. To average classical music lovers, what’s attractive of this piece can be … Continue reading

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“Rach 3” – The Ultimate Piano Concerto

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In my years of listening to classical music works, there are pieces that just more complex than others, and take more time to get a sense of its inner working (both structural and emotional wise), and appreciate its beauty. Rachmaninoff’s … Continue reading

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Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G (excerpt)

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The solo English horn seems more appropriate for playing those long slurs of slow melodies of the 2nd movement, with complete tranquility and elegance. The whole middle movement presents a stark contrast to the rest of the piece, which is … Continue reading

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