Rating violin concerti

I am puzzled that the composers of the two great Romantic era cello concerti (Dvorak and Elgar) wrote such mediocre violin concerti. Having to move all of my (many!) CDs, I listened to all the recordings I have of violin concerti. I am not going to explain my tastes or rationalize them, just provide my ranking:

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Top tier (in order of my favor)

Sibelius

Prokofiev 1, 2

Beethoven

Brahms

Tchaikovsky

Mendelsohn E minor

Bach double concerto, A minor, E

Barber

 

Second tier (alphabetical order)

Bartók 2

Bernstein Serenade

Bloch – Baal Shem

Bruch 1, Scottish Fantasy

Lalo- 2 – Symphonie Espagnole

Mozart 3

Paganini 1

Shostakovich 1

Stravinsky

Szymanowski 1

 

Third tier

Berg

Bruch 2, 3

Britten

Bartók 1

Corigliano – Red Violin Suite

Philip Glass

Glazunov

Goldmark

Haydn C, A, G

Hindemith

Janacek

Khataturian

Korngold

Lutoslawski partita

Mozart 1-2, 4-5

Ryu

Shostakovich 2

Szymanowski 2

Vaughan Williams – Lark Ascending

 

Fourth tier

John Adams

Dvorak

Elgar

Ligeti

Lutoslawski Chain 2

Mendelsohn D minoe

Nielsen

Penderecki 2

Piston 1,2

Schoenberg

William Schuman

Shostakovich 2

Spohr 8

Martinú 1,2

 

Fifth tier

Penderecki 1

Reger

 

 

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