Four Fiddlers.


Four Fiddlers.

Peter Tchaikovsky composed his violin concerto in 1878. That is 136 years ago, and the music public is still thrilled to hear this work.

For today’s post, I have selected four violinists who – in my view – do a wonderful job in performing this work. Yes, I could have selected a whole lot more, but I chose these to share with you. I am presenting these in no particular order.

First, here is the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto as performed by Joshua Bell, with S. Oramo conducting the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic:



And next, here is Janine Jansen performing Tchaikovsky’s violin concerto live in 2013 (click the “Skip Ad”, please):



The third fiddler is Julia Fischer, as she performs the Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto in D major, Op 35:



Finally, here is an old black and white video of the late Russian violinist David Oistrakh playing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto in D Major Op.35:

There are, of course, so many other violinists who have played this piece over the years: Itzhak Perlman, Heifetz, Milstein, Menuhin, Hilary Hahn, Sara Chang, Anne-Sophie Mutter, Frank Peter Zimmerman, and more.

My personal choice out of the four fiddlers that I showed you above is David Oistrakh. Somehow there is more intensity, more emotion, and greater fire in his playing. It’s a very personal point of view. His interpretation speaks to me more than the others.

Write me about your own selection. You can find my posts on Facebook in my Blog, “My Classical Notes”, and you can comment there.

For now, just enjoy this great music!

Tags: Joshua Bell, Janine Jansen, Julia Fischer, David Oistrakh, Tchaikovsky