My favorite violin works and artists

I provided a list of my favorite violin recordings to my students in their 2nd year of study, and I was pleasantly surprised to hear that most of the parents purchased some of the CDs on my list. Now, I have 5- and 7-year-olds whose personal heros are Paganini, Mendelssohn, Midori, and Hilary Hahn…

Here are some of my favorites:

“Current-day” violinists:

  • Anne-Sophie Mutter
  • Hilary Hahn
  • Midori
  • Gil Shaham
  • Maxim Vengerov
  • Philippe Graffin (his interpretations of French music, especially Chausson Poeme, are strikingly beautiful)

Violin “legends” of the 20th century:

  • Itzhak Perlman
  • Pinchas Zucherman
  • Isaac Stern
  • Ruggiero Ricci
  • David Oistrakh
  • Jascha Heifetz
  • Fritz Kreisler

Great violin pedagogues (teachers) of the 20th century:

  • Leopold Auer
  • Josef Gingold
  • Mischa Mischakoff
  • Ivan Galamian

Some solo violin “standards” in the repertoire:

  • Mozart Concertos Nos. 3 (G major), 4 (D major), and 5 (A major)
  • Bach Sonatas & Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin
  • Bach Concertos Nos. 1 (A minor) and 3 (E major)
  • Paganini 24 Caprices
  • Mendelssohn Concerto in E minor
  • Bruch Concerto in G minor
  • Brahms Concerto in D major
  • Beethoven Concerto in D major
  • Saint-Saens Concerto in B minor

Some great “sampler” CDs to start your collection:

  • Midori Encore!
  • Anne-Sophie Mutter Carmen-Fantasie
  • Anne-Sophie Mutter Mozart Violin Concertos 3 & 5 (Berlin Philharmonic)
  • Itzhak Perlman’s Greatest Hits
  • Hilary Hahn Plays Bach
  • Midori Mendelssohn and Bruch Violin Concertos (Berlin Philharmonic)
  • Hilary Hahn Bach Concertos (Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra)
  • Gil Shaham Romances

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