Max Bruch

Biography

Born: 1838   Died: 1920   Country: Germany   Period: Romantic
While the music of Max Bruch generally strikes listeners as beautiful, imaginative, and high-minded, critics have tended to relegate him to the status of a minor master. Bruch started composing as a child, displaying an extraordinary musical talent which was recognized as such by Ignaz Moscheles. In 1852, he wrote a symphony and a string quartet, the latter work bringing him a scholarship from the Frankfurt-based Mozart foundation, which enabled Read more him to study with Ferdinand Breunung, Ferdinand Hiller, and Carl Reinecke. In 1858, having embarked on a teaching career in Cologne, he produced his first opera, Scherz, List und Rache. He visited several important German cultural centers between 1861 and 1862. From 1862 to 1864, Bruch lived in Mannheim, where he wrote his cantata, Frithjof, which audiences received with great enthusiasm. In addition, Bruch's opera Loreley was produced in 1863. After leaving his Mannheim post, Bruch visited Paris and Brussels, eventually accepting the position of music director in Koblenz in 1865. In 1867, Bruch became Court Kapellmeister in Sonderhausen, remaining at that post until 1870. That year, Bruch moved to Berlin, where his third opera, Hermione, was produced in 1872. Between 1873 and 1878, Bruch, enjoying his reputation as an eminent German composer, worked independently in Bonn. In 1881, however, he resumed his career as a conductor, succeeding Julius Benedict as conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic Society in England, but he did not get along with the players, who had rather lax standards. In 1883 Bruch left Liverpool and became director of the Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland) Orchesterverein, where he stayed through the end of the season in 1890.

That autumn, Bruch took up an appointment as professor of composition at the Berlin Hochschule für Musik, working there until his retirement in 1910 and retaining his rank as a professor there until his death in 1920.

During his lifetime he had a reputation as destined to become one of music's great composers. Bruch's best-known work is without doubt his passionately romantic Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor (1868), a major item in the standard violin repertoire. His next most often played work is the single-movement work for cello and orchestra, Kol Nidrei. This lovely composition is representative of his interest in setting melodic material originating from other ethnic groups; he wrote works on Russian, Swedish, Scottish, and Celtic melodies as well. These other works, and his symphonies, have not worn well and are rarities, sometimes revived in the concert hall and on records and on those occasions usually favorably surprising the audience for their beauty and fine workmanship. Read less
The Romantic Violin Concerto, Vol 19: Bruch / Liebeck
Release Date: 01/08/2016   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 68060   Number of Discs: 1
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Bruch: Scottish Fantasy; Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto / Feng, Yang, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester
Release Date: 03/11/2014   Label: Channel Classics  
Catalog: 34913   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26

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    Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole; Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen; Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 554011 Release Date: 01/29/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Renaud Capuçon
    Conductor:  Paavo Järvi
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  • 2.
    The Romantic Violin Concerto, Vol 19: Bruch / Liebeck
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 68060 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Jack Liebeck
    Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
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    Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 / Previn, Perlman
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 553141 Release Date: 11/20/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  André Previn
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    Bruch & Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos / Mintz, Abbado, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186208 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Shlomo Mintz
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552439 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 77
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Ray Still,  Samuel Sanders  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Daniel Barenboim,  Itzhak Perlman,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mendelssohn: Concerto In E Minor; Bruch: Concerto No. 1 In G Minor
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552405 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
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    Sibelius: Symphonies... / Bernstein, New York
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 502614 Release Date: 07/24/2015   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Edvard Grieg,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Phyllis Curtis,  Zino Francescatti
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Thomas Schippers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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    Bruch: Violin Concerto 1; Serenade; In Memoriam   / Weithaas, Baumer
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777846 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Antje Weithaas
    Conductor:  Hermann Bäumer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Tchaikovsky: Concerto For Violin Op. 35; Bruch: Concerto No. 1 For Violin
    Label: Claves   Catalog: 9313 Release Date: 06/02/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Tibor Varga
    Conductor:  Jean-Marie Auberson
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    Kyung-Wha Chung - The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564614053 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Claude Debussy,  Antonín Dvorák,  Jacques Ibert  ... 
    Performer:  Myung Whun Chung,  Itamar Golan,  Myung-Wha Chung,  Myung-Whun Chung  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 11.
    Brahms, Bruch: Violin Concertos
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 6270 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Hideko Udagawa
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
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    Bruch: Concerto No. 1, Op. 26; Scottish Fantasy; Vieuxtemps: Concerto No. 5; Tchaikovsky: Serenade Melancolique
    Label: Idi   Catalog: 6693 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Henri Vieuxtemps,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Alfred Wallenstein
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    Kyung Wha Chung - Complete Decca Recordings [19 CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002217700 Release Date: 01/06/2015   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Jean Sibelius,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Myung Whun Chung,  Phillip Moll,  Radu Lupu,  Myung-Wha Chung  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  André Previn,  Rudolf Kempe,  Sir Georg Solti  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Karajan - 1980s
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002187902 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 78
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Anton Bruckner,  Johannes Brahms,  Jacques Offenbach  ... 
    Performer:  David Bell,  José Van Dam,  Barbara Hendricks,  Gösta Winbergh  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Domenico Bartolucci
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Singverein  ... 
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    Europakonzert 2008 From Moscow [blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2056974 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Igor Stravinsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Vadim Repin
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    The Originals - Legendary Recordings from DG
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002171502 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Pierre Fournier,  Walter Berry  ... 
    Conductor:  David Oistrakh,  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Franz Konwitschny,  Carlos Kleiber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    Halle Tradition
    Label: Hallé   Catalog: 8004 Release Date: 10/14/2014   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Johannes Brahms,  Unspecified,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Heddle [Tenor Vocals] Nash,  Keith Falkner,  Dennis Noble,  Dora Labbette  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Hamilton Harty,  Leslie Heward,  Sir Malcolm Sargent
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    Ferenc Fricsay: Complete Recordings On Deutsche Grammophon, Vol. 1 - Orchestral Works
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002132602 Release Date: 09/02/2014   Number of Discs: 45
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  César Franck  ... 
    Performer:  Géza Anda,  Tibor Varga,  Helmut Krebs,  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 19.
    Anne Sophie Mutter: 3 Classic Albums [limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002093402 Release Date: 07/15/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Complete Vengerov: Recordings 1991-2007 [19 CDs & 1 DVD]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 631514 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Itamar Golan,  Maxim Vengerov,  Alexander Markovich,  Daniel Barenboim  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Kurt Masur,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Claudio Abbado  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 21.
    The Glenn Dicterow Collection
    Label: New York Philharmonic   Catalog: 140201 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Béla Bartók,  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  John T. Williams
    Performer:  Glenn Dicterow
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Alan Gilbert,  David Robertson,  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 22.
    Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2, Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1 /  Guro Kleven Hagen
    Label: Simax   Catalog: 1266 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Guro Kleven Hagen
    Conductor:  Bjarte Engeset
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 23.
    RCA Living Stereo Collection Vol 1
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 541497 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Berj Zamkochian,  John Weicher,  Philip Farkas,  Jascha Heifetz  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Fritz Reiner,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Arthur Fiedler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  New England Conservatory Alumni Chorus  ... 
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  • 24.
    Jascha Heifetz plays Great Violin Concertos
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 7761382 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Osian Ellis,  William Primrose,  Thornton Lofthouse  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Fritz Reiner,  Walter Hendl,  Sir Malcolm Sargent  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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    Teldec - 50-CD Collection
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 643851 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Antonín Dvorák,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Josef Protschka,  Barbara Bonney,  Edita Gruberova  ... 
    Conductor:  Iván Fischer,  Nikolaus Harnoncourt,  Carlo Rizzi,  Reinbert De Leeuw  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra  ... 
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