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
Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations;  Bruch, Bloch / Kliegel
Release Date: 03/21/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550519   Number of Discs: 1
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Adagio - J.s. Bach, Albinoni, Marcello, Mozart, Bruch, Et Al
Release Date: 01/04/1996   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550994   Number of Discs: 1
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Bruch: String Quartets 1 & 2 / Mannheimer Streichquartett
Release Date: 06/02/1998   Label: Cpo  
Catalog: 999460   Number of Discs: 1
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Bruch: Violin Concerto No 3, Symphony No 2 / Schmalfuss
Release Date: 04/13/1999   Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold  
Catalog: 3350868   Number of Discs: 1
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Bruch: String Octet, Quintets / Ensemble Ulf Hoelscher
Release Date: 05/11/1999   Label: Cpo  
Catalog: 999451   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26

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    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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    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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  • 128.
    Beethoven: Violinkonzert;  Bruch: Violinkonzert No 1 / Chung
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 54072 Release Date: 06/09/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung
    Conductor:  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 129.
    The Great Violin Concertos / Yehudi Menuhin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67310 Release Date: 07/05/1991   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Christian Ferras,  Yehudi Menuhin
    Conductor:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Constantin Silvestri,  Efrem Kurtz,  Rudolf Kempe  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bath Festival Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 130.
    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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