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
Bruch & Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos / Mintz, Abbado, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: 11/13/2015   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186208   Number of Discs: 1
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Bruch: Scottish Fantasy, Serenade / Yablonsky, Et Al
Release Date: 01/18/2005   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557395   Number of Discs: 1
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Mendelssohn, Bruch: Octets / Kodály Quartet, Auer Quartet
Release Date: 04/18/2006   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557270   Number of Discs: 1
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Bruch: Violin Concertos No 2 & 3 / Fedotov, Yablonsky, Russian PO
Release Date: 06/30/2009   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8557793   Number of Discs: 1
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Bruch, Chausson, Korngold: Violin Concertos / Steinbacher
Release Date: 03/26/2013   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186503   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26

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  • 101.
    Wolfgang Schneiderhan - 1950s Concerto Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4775263 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frank Martin,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Rudolf Baumgartner,  Claude Starck
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Rudolf Baumgartner,  Paul Van Kempen,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Lucerne Festival Strings,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 102.
    Carl Schuricht-collection - Bruch, Goetz, Grieg, Volkmann
    Label: Swr Music   Catalog: 93149 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Volkmann,  Hermann Goetz,  Max Bruch,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Roman Schimmer,  Hansheinz Schneeberger
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 103.
    Bruch, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos / Frank Peter Zimmermann
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 93129 Release Date: 07/05/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck,  Paavo Berglund
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 104.
    Yehudi Menuhin - The Violinist
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 85562 Release Date: 11/04/2003   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Carl Nielsen,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Gioconda de Vito,  Robert Masters,  Derek Simpson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir William Walton,  Mogens Wöldike,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Anthony Bernard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Menuhin Festival Orchestra  ... 
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  • 105.
    Brahms, Bruch: Violin Concertos, Etc / Ayla Erduran, Et Al
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1087 Release Date: 08/26/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Ayla Erduran,  Paulette Zanlongi
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan,  Richard Beck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 106.
    Mendelssohn & Bruch: Violin Concertos / Midori, Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 87740 Release Date: 08/26/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Midori
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 107.
    Zino Francescatti In Performance - Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Et Al
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1118 Release Date: 04/29/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Max Bruch,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Zino Francescatti
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Frank Black,  Artur Rodzinski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF Philharmonic Orchestra,  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
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  • 108.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3663 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Alban Berg,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Josef Suk
    Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
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  • 109.
    Bruch: Concerto No 1, Scottish Fantasy / Aaron Rosand, Et Al
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 7906 Release Date: 02/19/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Aaron Rosand
    Conductor:  Christoph Wyneken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hannover
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  • 110.
    Legendary Treasures - Nathan Milstein Collection Vol 1
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7752 Release Date: 11/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Johannes Brahms,  Henri Wieniawski,  Niccolň Paganini  ... 
    Performer:  Nathan Milstein,  Valentin Pavlovsky,  Artur Balsam
    Conductor:  Artur Rodzinski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 111.
    Mendelssohn, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Mutter, Karajan
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 463641 Release Date: 05/08/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 112.
    Mendelssohn, Bruch, Prokofiev: Concertos / Nathan Milstein
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66551 Release Date: 10/30/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Nathan Milstein
    Conductor:  William Steinberg,  Vladimir Golschmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 113.
    Mendelssohn, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Honda, Clark, Et Al
    Label: Amadis   Catalog: 7026 Release Date: 10/07/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Mariko Honda
    Conductor:  Keith Clark
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 114.
    Mendelssohn, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Chung, Dutoit, Kempe
    Label: London/Decca Legends   Catalog: 460976 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe,  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 115.
    Legendary Treasures - Nathan Milstein Collection Vol 1
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7706 Release Date: 04/20/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Robert Schumann,  Jules Massenet,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Balsam,  Nathan Milstein,  Valentin Pavlovsky
    Conductor:  Artur Rodzinski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 116.
    Mendelssohn, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Menuhin
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 66958 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin
    Conductor:  Walter Susskind,  Efrem Kurtz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 117.
    Mendelssohn, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Mcduffie, Swensen
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80507 Release Date: 01/26/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Robert McDuffie
    Conductor:  Joseph Swensen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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  • 118.
    Bruch: Complete Violin Concertos, Scottish Fantasy / Accardo
    Label: Philips Duo   Catalog: 462167 Release Date: 03/17/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elisabeth Unger
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 119.
    Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1, Etc / Suwanai, Marriner
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454180 Release Date: 11/11/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Akiko Suwanai
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 120.
    Ida Haendel Plays Bruch & Beethoven / Rafael Kubelik
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1083 Release Date: 08/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Ida Haendel
    Conductor:  Rafael Kubelik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 121.
    Bronislaw Gimpel Plays Concerti By Bruch, Dvorak & Goldmark
    Label: Vox Box Legends   Catalog: 5523 Release Date: 05/21/1996   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Fritz Kreisler,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Bronislaw Gimpel
    Conductor:  Rolf Reinhardt,  Curt Cremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Pro Musica Orchestra
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  • 122.
    Heifetz - Bruch, Vieuxtemps / Sargent, New Symphony
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61745 Release Date: 08/15/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Vieuxtemps,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Osian Ellis
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra
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  • 123.
    Mendelssohn, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Vengerov, Masur
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 90875 Release Date: 02/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Maxim Vengerov
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 124.
    Bruch, Vieuxtemps: Violin Concertos;  Lalo / Zukerman, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 48274 Release Date: 09/07/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Vieuxtemps,  Edouard Lalo,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 125.
    The Art Of Ivry Gitlis
    Label: Vox Box Legends   Catalog: 5505 Release Date: 11/04/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Béla Bartók,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch  ... 
    Performer:  Ivry Gitlis
    Conductor:  Jascha Horenstein,  Hans Swarowsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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