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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: Symphonies 1 & 2 / Halasz, Staatskapelle Weimar
Release Date: 04/27/2010   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8570994   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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Beethoven, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Grumiaux, Davis, Wallberg
Release Date: 08/29/2006   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186120   Number of Discs: 1
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Bruch: Symphony No 3, Suite On Russian Themes /Honeck, Et Al
Release Date: 09/17/2002   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8555985   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26

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  • 126.
    Isaac Stern - A Life In Music - Wieniawski, Bruch: Concertos
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66830 Release Date: 05/16/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Max Bruch,  Henri Wieniawski
    Performer:  Isaac Stern
    Conductor:  Frank Brieff,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  National Symphony, Washington, D. C.,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 127.
    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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  • 128.
    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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  • 129.
    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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  • 130.
    Brahms, Bruch: Concertos / Mordkovitch, Wallfisch, Järvi
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8667 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Lydia Mordkovitch,  Raphael Wallfisch
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 131.
    Brahms, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Nishizaki, Gunzenhauser
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550195 Release Date: 06/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki
    Conductor:  Stephen Gunzenhauser
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 132.
    The Great Violin Concertos / Yehudi Menuhin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67310 Release Date: 07/05/1991   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Christian Ferras
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Efrem Kurtz,  Walter Susskind,  Rudolf Kempe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bath Festival Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 133.
    Isaac Stern Collection - The Early Concerto Recordings Vol 2
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 45956 Release Date: 07/01/1991   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Henri Wieniawski  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Dimitri Mitropoulos,  Eugene Ormandy,  Efrem Kurtz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air,  New York Philharmonic,  Philadelphia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 134.
    Bruch, Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos / Bell, Marriner
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 421145 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Joshua Bell
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 135.
    Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1, Scottish Fantasy / Lin, Slatkin
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42315 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Lin Cho-Liang
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 136.
    Great Violin Concertos / Mutter, Karajan, Berlin Po
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415565 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Max Bruch,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 137.
    Brahms, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Salerno-Sonnenberg, Waart
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 49429 Release Date: 07/17/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Minnesota Orchestra
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  • 138.
    Mendelssohn, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Shaham, Sinopoli
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 427656 Release Date: 03/30/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Gil Shaham
    Conductor:  Giuseppe Sinopoli
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 139.
    Mendelssohn, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Honda, Clark
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550111 Release Date: 04/10/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Mariko Honda
    Conductor:  Keith Clark
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra
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