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Topic: Poll: best Beethoven concertos  (Read 11638 times)

Offline demented cow

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Poll: best Beethoven concertos
on: April 26, 2006, 09:30:28 AM
I would be curious to see peoples' rankings of all Beethoven concertos in terms of quality, and/or, perhaps not quite the same question: in terms of how much you like them. Feel free to comment on your choice, particularly if you have played any of them. If you don't know all of them, just rank the ones you do know. (I didn't use the poll technology because it dooms the results to being skewed by voters who have only heard two concertos.)
My choice (starting with the greatest):

-Violin concerto
-Piano concerto 4
-Piano concerto 5 'Emperor'
-Piano concerto 3
-Tripple concerto & Piano concerto 1 (tie)
-Piano concerto 2
-Violin concerto transcribed for piano

I suppose most people will go for the Emperor, but I find that the 4th and the violin conc. have slightly more musical substance, are more moving and withstand repeated hearings better. I went for the violin concerto ahead of the 4th because of the slow movements. The 'animal taming' idea in the 4th is nice, but the violin concerto has more beautiful melodic material and is more moving.
The piano transcription of the violin concerto is a waste of space. Beethoven only did this for the money and didn't adapt the violin writing for piano. It's the sort of piece one listens to once only, out of curiosity.
Anybody heard Pletnev's clarinet transcription of the violin conc?

Offline Waldszenen

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Re: Poll: best Beethoven concertos
Reply #1 on: April 26, 2006, 10:00:43 AM
Greatest to least:

  • Piano Concerto No. 4
  • Piano Concerto No. 5
  • Violin Concerto
  • Piano Concerto No. 3
  • Triple Concerto
  • Piano Concerto No. 1
  • Piano Concerto No. 2
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Offline mikey6

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Re: Poll: best Beethoven concertos
Reply #2 on: April 27, 2006, 01:19:03 AM
According to what i've read the Violin Concerto is the best concerto of his output.
by the way, if you put the transcribed violin concerto down (which in this case is not a concerto), you may as well have put the choral fantasy down to.
I don't know the triple or violin too well so..
4,5 (tie)
1
2
3
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Offline demented cow

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Re: Poll: best Beethoven concertos
Reply #3 on: May 02, 2006, 08:51:20 AM
the transcribed violin concerto down (which in this case is not a concerto).
You seem to think I am some novice who counts a piano reduction used for training purposes as a separate concerto.
What I really mean is Beethoven's version of the violin concerto for piano AND orchestra, which is identical to the violin concerto, except that the piano plays the violin part (note for note, boringly). It's sometimes called 'Piano Concerto in D'. There are several recordings of it, e.g.
https://cd.ciao.co.uk/Beethoven_Piano_Concerto_in_D_after_Violin_Concerto_Op_61_Schmidt_Concertante_Variations_on_a_The__6066384
and Naxos also has a recording of it.

Offline beethoven2

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Re: Poll: best Beethoven concertos
Reply #4 on: November 20, 2006, 06:11:18 PM
definantly 5 (emperor)
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Offline kelly_kelly

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Re: Poll: best Beethoven concertos
Reply #5 on: February 03, 2007, 02:32:51 AM
PC #4
Violin (it's close, but...)
PC #3
PC #5
PC #2
PC #1
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Offline rach n bach

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Re: Poll: best Beethoven concertos
Reply #6 on: February 03, 2007, 06:10:17 AM
PC #4
Violin (it's close, but...)
PC #3
PC #5
PC #2
PC #1

Exactly right!   I'm not as much a Beethoven fan as a Rachmaninoff one... but this is just how I would rate them...

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Offline jre58591

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Re: Poll: best Beethoven concertos
Reply #7 on: February 03, 2007, 06:15:11 AM
no 4
no 3
no 1
no 2
triple
violin
no 5
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Offline soliloquy

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Re: Poll: best Beethoven concertos
Reply #8 on: February 03, 2007, 07:20:11 AM
no 4
no 3
no 1
no 2
triple
violin
no 5


ditto

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Re: Poll: best Beethoven concertos
Reply #9 on: June 14, 2007, 11:52:34 AM
never heard violin,2nd and triple i heard only once so i will exclude them

no.4
no.5
no.3
no.1

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Re: Poll: best Beethoven concertos
Reply #10 on: June 14, 2007, 04:12:36 PM
4 and 3 (tie)
Violin
5
2
Triple
1

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Re: Poll: best Beethoven concertos
Reply #11 on: December 17, 2023, 03:53:47 PM
PC 4
PC 3
PC 5
PC 1
Violin
PC 2

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Re: Poll: best Beethoven concertos
Reply #12 on: December 18, 2023, 12:53:18 AM
Best to worst: 4, 2, 5, 6, 1, 3
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