Better Brahms! Brahms Violin

“Better Brahms”

I was satisfied with the first version of this piece. (Brahms violin concerto in D major/allegro giocoso) It moved me – until I received this comment from someone who “knows”!

Taneyev commented: I think that the violinist nor the conductor understand what “allegro giocoso” means. The tempo is too slow and to me, boring.

All that time I was listening to, and satisfied with, a rendition that is slow and boring. It was a great lesson in carefully picking the right soloist, orchestra and conductor. So I searched until I found what this piece probably should sound like. The second version (03_) is violinist David Oistrakh with the USSR Radio Large Symphony Orchestra. What a difference! NOTE: This crummy version originally appeared in a post titled, “My Mommy’s Favourite” which I’ve since deleted … because it wasn’t actually her favourite piece of music! See the Post: “Correction to my Mommy’s Favourite”

Brahms violin concerto in D major / allegro giocoso


03_Third Movement Allegro giocoso ma non troppo vivace

  • admin
    December 8, 2009 at 4:41 am

    How about that. I’ve got something in common with David Oistrakh!

  • Taneyev
    December 7, 2009 at 10:40 pm

    You know, Jim, according with Oistrakh’s discography, he made 14 recordings of Brahm’s v.c. Apparently, he loved the work.

  • Suzie
    December 7, 2009 at 4:18 am

    ok, bubba. i’m here finally