It might seem sheer folly for young artists to make new recordings of well-known concertos. They are competing with the great soloists of the past 100 years in a marketplace glutted with standard repertory. Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," to take but one example, has been recorded more than 200 times. Still, we count on each new crop of musicians to keep music alive.
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Joshua Bell, violin. Berlin Philharmonic. Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor. (Sony Classical)