10 Best Violin Albums Review

Despite being centuries old, violin remains a remarkably unwieldy and a popular instrument. Every day, violinists produce great songs using this instrument. That’s why there are many violin albums that are released every year. If you are planning to buy a violin album, you definitely want to know the best albums to consider.

Here is a brief review of the best 10 violin albums:  

Bach: Siciliano by Viktoria Mullova

Viktoria Mullova has refined her violin sound over the years and transformed herself into an amazing Baroque violinist. Her album comprises of Bach Concertos that present the new Mullova. Though she applies a vibrato touch in her work, she retains her incandescent tone. The Siciliano movement from the E (BWV 1053) concerto is particularly lovely. She presents a bittersweet song that has lovely expressions in her lower register. Ottavio Dantone leads the Accademia Bizantina strings to back her with tender sighs.

Bach: Violin Concertos
  • Bach: Violin Concertos
  • Polygram Records
  • Audio CD

Histoire du Tango by Augustin Hadelich

This 29-year old Italian born violinist has one of the most amazing violin voices in the current generation. In this album, he pairs with Pablo Sainz Villegas, a guitarist, to bring out different emotions in the Manuel de Falla’s Canciones Populares Espanolas. The violin croons a quiet and sweet lullaby in Nana. In Polo, the violinist ignites such a passionate flame.

Histoire Du Tango
  • Augustin Hadelich, Pablo Sainz Villegas
  • Histoire Du Tango
  • Avie

Morton Feldman by Carolin Widman

This album does not have windswept passages that spotlight the violin. It also does not have the traditional tug-of-war between soloist and orchestra. The album presents haunted, slow-moving, and quiet Morton Feldman’s sound world. It makes sound seem like it stands still magnificently. The music in this album unfolds in a 50 minutes canvas that comprise of color drips, dark rumblings, and floating textures.

Morton Feldman: Violin & Orchestra
  • Carolin Widmann, Morton Feldman: Violin & Orchestra
  • ECM New Series
  • Audio CD

Beethoven – Violin Sonata No. 9 (‘Kreutzer’)

Being the emotional melting pot he was, Beethoven’s character switches in this charge sonata are even more pronounced than usual. And while he managed to deploy all these emotional colours beautifully in the main areas of his work, something about the intimacy of violin and piano here show him in his rawest light.

Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major "Kreutzer" /...
  • Nathan Milstein, Rudolf Firkusny, Artur Balsam
  • Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 9 in A Major "Kreutzer" / Violin Sonata...
  • EMI Classics

Glass – Violin Concerto No. 1

It divides opinion with critics and fans alike, but Philip Glass’ lasting contribution to the violin repertoire certainly has hypnotic power. Whether you find it grating or intoxicating, it’s stimulated debate more than almost any other piece on our list.

Philip Glass: Violin Concerto No. 1 Alfred Schnittke:...
  • Various Artists, Philip Glass: Violin Concerto No. 1 Alfred Schnittke:...
  • Deutsche Grammophon
  • Vinyl

The Four Seasons Album

Vivaldi has done more for the violin than most thanks to this ubiquitous set of concertos, and it’s even become a star-maker in its own right. These are the boldest program violin songs of the baroque times. The individual sonnets were written by Vivaldi to correspond with every movement of The Four Seasons.

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Julia Fischer Violin / The...
  • ISBN: 978-0-7697-0896-6
  • Color
  • Running Time: 103 minutes

Bartok – Violin Concerto No. 2

Under constant attack for his anti-fascist views in his native Hungary, Bartok’s confused state of mind runs through this rich and tricky concerto. From his occasional 12-tone themes to the shattering climax, it’s a technical workout like no other, but with crucial, fiery context for the performer to get their head around.

Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 2; Violin Concerto No. 1, Op....
  • Bartok: Violin Concerto No. 2; Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. Posth.
  • Pentatone Music
  • Audio CD

Saint-Saëns – Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso

Written originally for the great Sarasate (who features in this list in his own right), this spectacular work is legendary among violinists for its passages of insane arpeggios in the early stages.

Saint-Saens: Introduction & Rondo capriccioso; Havanaise;...
  • Chausson, Ravel, Saint-Saens, Perlman
  • Saint-Saens: Introduction & Rondo capriccioso; Havanaise; Ernest...
  • Angel Records

Sibelius – Violin Concerto

Much is made of the final movement of Sibelius’ one and only violin concerto, but there’s equal heft and beauty in the first two. A competition circuit favourite for violinists looking to establish themselves, it’s a perennial showstopper.

Sibelius: Violin Concerto,Op.47 / Serenades Nos. 1 & 2 /...
  • Sibelius: Violin Concerto,Op.47 / Serenades Nos. 1 & 2 / Humoresque
  • Deutsche Grammophon
  • Audio CD

Ysaye – Violin Sonata No. 1, 3, 4

Each of Ysaÿe’s sonatas in this set were dedicated to a legendary contemporary violinist of his, and this case it was the great Georges Enescu.

Ysaye: Violin Sonatas No.1, 3, & 4
  • Ysaye: Violin Sonatas No.1, 3, & 4
  • Zig Zag Territoires
  • Audio CD

These are short reviews of the 10 best violin albums to consider if you want to purchase a violin album. Their selection is based on popularity, melody, and the overall likability of the pieces they carry. Therefore, take a few minutes to consider them when expanding your violin songs horizon.

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