Concerto Music Recordings

A concerto is a musical composition, often in more than one movement, in which one or more solo instruments play along an orchestra (or some other comparatively big instrumental force). The etimology of the word suggests that the soloist(s) and the ensemble develop the piece by presenting contrasting episodes where they play independently, in cooperation, and in different levels of subordination. The concerto, as understood today, arose in the Baroque era with the 'concerto grosso', a musical form where a small group of players contrasted against a bigger orchestra. While the concerto grosso eventually declined, the solo concerto remains one of the most popular musical forms in Western classical music. Having successfully survived through many the periods of Western classical music history, the Concerto underwent many formal changes. It is conventional, if only as a basic definition, to say that the concerto is usually a multi movement work, of which the first movement is roughly structured around the allegro-sonata form (even if Mozart himself treated his concertos with notable freedom in terms of formal development). The second movement of a concerto, as in the sonata/symphonic tradition, is usually slow and contrasts with the first one. It can be in an abridged sonata form, a romance, a set of theme and variations, etc. The third movement will traditionally return to the home key in lively tempo, usually in the form of a dance, rondo, etc.

Title Composer Instrument Period Ratings
12 Concerti Grossi, Op. 6 Arcangelo Corelli String Orchestra Baroque
12 Concertos, Op.3 Francesco Onofrio Manfredini Orchestra Baroque
A. Scarlatti - Concerto Grosso Antonio Vivaldi Orchestra Baroque
Bach - Concerto for 3 & 4 Antonio Vivaldi Orchestra Baroque
Bassoon Concerto in Bb, K. 191 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra Classical
Bassoon Concerto in C major Antonín Reichenauer Bassoon Baroque
Bassoon Concerto in F major Antonín Reichenauer Bassoon Baroque
Bassoon Concerto in F major, KapM Jiranek 18 František Jiránek Bassoon Baroque
Battista, Locatelli & J.S Bach - Concetos Antonio Vivaldi Orchestra Baroque
Brandenburg Concerto no. 1 in F major, BWV. 1046 Johann Sebastian Bach Orchestra Baroque
Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 in F major, BWV 1047 Johann Sebastian Bach Orchestra Baroque
Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major, BWV 1048 Johann Sebastian Bach Orchestra Baroque
Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major, BWV 1049 Johann Sebastian Bach Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra Baroque
Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D major, BWV 1050 Johann Sebastian Bach Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra Baroque
Brandenburg Concerto No.6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051 Johann Sebastian Bach Orchestra Baroque
Cello concerto in Am, Op. 129 Robert Schumann Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra Romantic
Cello Concerto in D minor Édouard Lalo Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra Romantic
Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85 Edward Elgar Cello Early 20th Century
Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 33 Camille Saint-Saëns Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra Late 19th century
Cello Concerto no. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb:1 Franz Joseph Haydn Cello Classical
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Periods 20th Century · Baroque · Classical · Early 20th Century · Late 19th century · Romantic