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September 3, 2008

Naxos is a great source for listening to classical music in a try before you buy scenario. In my recent researching of violin concertos, I have had the opportunity to listen to the following concertos over the past week:

Tchaikovsky (Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35)
Mendelssohn (Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64)
Elgar (Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61)
Barber (Violin Concerto, Op. 14)
Dvorak (Violin Concerto in A minor, Op. 53)
Prokofiev (Violin Concerto No. 1 in D major, Op. 19 & Violin Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 63)
Miaskovsky (Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 44 )
Vainberg (Violin Concerto in G minor, Op. 67 )
Shostakovich (Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op. 99 & Violin Concerto No. 2 in C sharp minor, Op. 129)
Sibelius (Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47)
Szymanowski (Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35 & Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 61)
Glass (Violin Concerto)
Adams (Violin Concerto)
Bartok (Violin Concerto No. 2)

From this list, I've heard at least three different versions of the concertos by Shostakovich and Prokofiev, four different versions Tchaikovsky's concerto, and at least a couple from Szymanowski's Violin Concerto No. 2. From this list I've purchased (or [am] planning on purchasing) at least a half dozen CD's. Unfortunately, some of the CD's are not available, but at least the music is.

Why am I promoting Naxos? Well, if we (as classical musicians) want classical music to be wider accepted, to be listened to by a wider audience, part of that remit should be promoting ways in which the general public can hear our work (or that of others as none of my pieces has yet to be available on Naxos). We should also encourage people to listen to classical music more (even those of us that perform it on a regular basis). I cannot express how much I have learned in just the past week having experienced so many different varieties of the Violin Concerto. Now all I need to do is find a good source for the scores…

- Chip, Interchanging Idioms, 28 August 2008


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