Definition of concerto
concertiplay \kən-ˈcher-(ˌ)tē also -ˈchər-\ or
: a piece for one or more soloists and orchestra with three contrasting movements a violin concerto
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Chopin’s two piano concertos have long been repertory staples, and Mr. Lisiecki has recorded them both magnificently.
The violin sections of the Festival orchestra are stuffed with concertmasters, any one of whom could have played the concerto.
Stern’s father, Isaac Stern, made one of the great recordings of the concerto in 1964 with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein.
Instead, a thunderous performance of Rachmaninoff’s third piano concerto in the Cliburn finals propelled Nakamatsu to the gold medal.
Careful planning evidently went into the program, which surrounded two familiar masterpieces — a piano concerto and a symphony — with contrasting vocal works that turn up less often in concert.
Brandenburg Concertos A rare (and welcome) chance to hear all six of Bach’s beloved concertos in one evening.
The concert moved from the ambiguity of Debussy to the structured classicism of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart for Ax’s performance of two piano concerti, No. 19 and No. 16, in an impressive display.
CSO audiences have heard several fine accounts of this concerto in recent decades — think of Nikolaj Znaider's and Frank Peter Zimmermann's — but, for me, Tetzlaff's extra degree of incisive brilliance and fierce elegance trumped them both.
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Origin and Etymology of concerto
Italian, from concerto concert
First Known Use: 1710See Words from the same year
CONCERTO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of concerto for English Language Learners
: a piece of music for one or more main instruments with an orchestra
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Definition of concerto for Students
: a musical composition usually in three parts for orchestra with one or more principal instruments
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