As we enter the weekend of Super Bowl Sunday, which will be on Feb. 12, 2023, I thought it would be a great idea to have a Super Bowl of Classical Music. So, today will be a Super Bowl of Violin Concertos.
The difference between this Super Bowl and the NFL’s Super Bowl, there will not be any loser in this game. Both of these teams…errr…Violin Concertos will be masterpieces of the highest order. I bet you will root for both of them. 🙂
Let’s get started. In today’s Super Bowl Violin Concertos competition, we have chosen the Felix Mendelssohn Violin Concerto vs the favorite, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto.
Let’s check out the stats for both teams. The underdog Mendelssohn Violin Concerto is scored in E Minor with three movements: 1. Allegro Molto Appasionato; 2. Andante; and 3. Allegretto-Allegro Molto Vivace. The concerto takes a little less than 30 minutes to play.
The Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto is scored in D Major with three movements: 1. Allegro Moderato; 2. Andante; and 3. Allegro Vivacissimo. The Tchaikovsky violin concerto takes about 35+ minutes to play.
The Tchaikovsky team has won the coin toss and has chosen to play last. Please turn up your volume, play in full screen and enjoy this 2023 Super Bowl of Violin Concertos.
Note: These two versions on You Tube I have chosen have been recommended by Ethan Litwin, a Classical music historian whose opinion on anything classical music, I value highly. His web site, also on Word Press, is A Gertus History of Music. http://www.agertushistoryofmusic.com/ The first video is Issac Stern violin with Eugene Ormandy leading the Philadelphia Orchestra and the second video has Jascha Heifetz-violin with Fritz Reiner leading the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in E Minor:
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto in D Major:
The great game is over with the fans of both concertos declared the winner.
2 thoughts on “Violin Concerto Super Bowl”
I like this game! Although I think you handicapped both with the chosen performances. I’d pick the Stern Mendelssohn (Ormandy) and the Heifetz Tchaikovsky (Reiner). I will pick the latter, which for me is the most thrilling recording ever made, but it is close. Great choice of concertos, btw. On the money.
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I’m sorry I am so late in responding….thank you, big Ethan!!