Instead of the rather chaotic sequence Tom followed, I think I would do something chronological. With so many great concertos out there, I hardly think it would be boring! I have talked a lot about the symphony lately, due to my listening project, but much less about the concerto. One nice thing about doing a concerto project is that you see individual composers from a different perspective. For example, C. P. E. Bach was not a very important symphony composer--his examples in that genre rarely run over ten minutes in length--but he was much more important as a concerto composer. His flute concertos written for his employer Frederick the Great are large, serious pieces. Also, Mozart, who wrote a few sublime symphonies later in life, was much more prolific with his piano concertos. And composers, like John Cage, Arnold Schoenberg and Alban Berg, who never wrote a single symphony nevertheless wrote concertos. (Yes, I know Schoenberg wrote a Kammersymphonie, but that aside...)
So give me your comments on this project, I would like to hear from you!
And in the meantime, an early concerto by Archangelo Corelli:
I think this is going to be fun!