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Bruch: Violin Concerto No 3, Symphony No 1 / Hickox, Et Al


Release Date: 02/22/2000 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9784   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Max Bruch
Performer:  Lydia Mordkovitch
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the 19th Century, music stood at a crossroads: Liszt and Wagner representing an aesthetic revolution while stalwarts such as Brahms and Max Bruch stood by the classic form. Bruch's style was fully developed by 1860, and though he lived and worked for another 60 years, the composer's work stands as a unified whole.
This recording of Bruch's Symphony No. 1 and Violin Concerto No. 3 testifies to the consistency of the composer's vision. Though separated by over 20 years, they speak to Bruch's unfailing ear. Vividly performed by Richard Hickox and the London Symphony Orchestra, the works are vibrant and physical without sacrificing harmony or tonal structures. The symphony represents the full realization of Bruch's signature style,
Read more employing several devices such as harmonic suspensions and arpeggio accompaniments, which were to characterize his work for the next 50 years.
Soloist Lydia Mordkovitch brings an aching beauty to the Concerto, fearlessly launching into the dramatic tempo changes. She voices delicate passages with precious care and muscles into the Allegro with abandon. The result is a remarkably emotional and rewarding experience.
REVIEWS:
Fanfare (5-6/00, pp.136-137) - "...Hickox [gives a] passionately affectionate view of the music....Lydia Mordkovitch plays with plenty of polish and control. Her voluptuous tone suits the music perfectly....this is a disc to treasure, as are the others in this series." Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Violin no 3 in D minor, Op. 58 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Lydia Mordkovitch (Violin)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Germany 
2.
Symphony no 1 in E flat major, Op. 28 by Max Bruch
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867-1868; Bremen, Germany 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 28 *: I. Allegro maestoso
Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 28 *: II. Scherzo: Presto
Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 28 *: III. Quasi fantasia: Grave
Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 28 *: IV. Finale: Allegro guerriero
Violin Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 58: I. Allegro energico
Violin Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 58: II. Adagio
Violin Concerto No. 3 in D minor, Op. 58: III. Finale: Allegro molto

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