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
Mozart, Schumann, Bruch: Trios / Hilton, Imai, Vignoles
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8776   Number of Discs: 1
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Max Bruch: Works For Violin & Orchestra
Release Date: 07/08/2014   Label: Cpo  
Catalog: 777833   Number of Discs: 1
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Bruch: Violin Concerto No 3, Symphony No 1 / Hickox, Et Al
Release Date: 02/22/2000   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9784   Number of Discs: 1
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Brahms, Bruch: Concertos / Mordkovitch, Wallfisch, Järvi
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 8667   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26

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  • 26.
    Bruch, Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos / Yehudi Menuhin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6783322 Release Date: 03/26/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin
    Conductor:  Efrem Kurtz,  Walter Susskind
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  • 27.
    Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1 / Kennedy, Tate, English Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6027385 Release Date: 03/13/2012  
    Composer:  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 28.
    Brahms: Concerto For Violin Op. 77; Bruch: Concerto For Violin No. 1
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0313 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Max Bruch
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  • 29.
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: ARPCD0232 Release Date: 01/01/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Max Bruch,  Franz Schubert,  Niccolò Paganini
    Performer:  Gerhard Taschner,  Hans Altmann
    Conductor:  Herbert Sandberg,  Hermann Abendroth
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  • 30.
    Bruch, Dvorak, Lalo / Tasmin Little
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 0858832 Release Date: 11/29/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Antonín Dvorák,  Edouard Lalo
    Performer:  Tasmin Little
    Conductor:  Vernon Handley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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    The Decca Sound [50-CD Set]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001619902 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Enrique Granados  ... 
    Performer:  Teresa Berganza,  Alfredo Campoli,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Cecilia Bartoli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Ataulfo Argenta,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 32.
    Anne-Sophie Mutter - The Complete Musician [40-CD Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: B001587372 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Mark Zeltser,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Antonio Meneses  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Paul Sacher,  Witold Lutoslawski,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 33.
    Icon: Vernon Handley - Champion Of British Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 98202 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Sir Arthur Bliss,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy,  Tasmin Little
    Conductor:  Vernon Handley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 34.
    Icon: William Steinberg
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 26486 Release Date: 10/11/2011   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Nathan Milstein,  Rudolf Firkusny
    Conductor:  William Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 35.
    The Art of Salvatore Accardo - Una Vita per il Violino
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 959877 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Niccolò Paganini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Margaret Batjer,  Douglas Boyd
    Conductor:  Salvatore Accardo,  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Colin Davis,  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  I Solisti di Napoli,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 36.
    Wieniawski: Violin Concerto No. 1; Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1; Bull: Cantabile / Siem, Gourlay, LSO
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 666612 Release Date: 09/27/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Ole Borneman Bull,  Henri Wieniawski
    Performer:  Charlie Siem
    Conductor:  James Gourlay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Georg Kulenkampff - Concerto Recordings Vol. 5
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2094 Release Date: 08/09/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Johannes Brahms,  Max Reger
    Performer:  Georg Kulenkampff,  Enrico Mainardi
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 38.
    The Very Best Of Kyung-wha Chung
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94780 Release Date: 07/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung,  Robert Wolinsky,  Peter Frankl,  Itamar Golan
    Conductor:  Riccardo Muti,  Simon Rattle,  Klaus Tennstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chung Trio
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  • 39.
    Bruch: Violin Concertos Nos. 1 & 3/Sarasate: Navarra For Two Violins
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 456642 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Pablo de Sarasate
    Performer:  Chloë Hanslip,  Mikhail Ovrutsky
    Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Violin Concertos - Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Bruch
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94096 Release Date: 06/28/2011   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Antonín Dvorák,  Niccolò Paganini,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Alexandre Dubach,  Ilya Grubert,  Borika Van Den Booren  ... 
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  Michel Sasson,  Lawrence Foster,  Igor Golovschin  ... 
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    The Heifetz Collection Vol 8 - 1950-1955
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61739 Release Date: 05/26/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Max Bruch,  Henri Wieniawski  ... 
    Performer:  William Kapell,  Jascha Heifetz,  Emanuel Bay,  Brooks Smith  ... 
    Conductor:  William Steinberg,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Alfred Wallenstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1, Romanze, String Quintet / Gluzman, Litton, Bergen PO
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1852 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Vadim Gluzman,  Maxim Rysanov,  Sandis Steinbergs,  Ilze Klava  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 43.
    Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1; Mozart: Violin Concertos Nos. 4 & 5 / Sargent, Heifetz
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68959 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
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  • 44.
    The Romantic Violinist - A Celebration Of Joseph Joachim / Daniel Hope
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001531202 Release Date: 03/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Clara Wieck Schumann,  Johannes Brahms,  Joseph Joachim  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Hope,  Sebastian Knauer,  Bengt Forsberg,  Anne Sofie von Otter
    Conductor:  Sakari Oramo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Tchaikovsky, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Benedetti, Hrusa, Czech Philharmonic
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001527102 Release Date: 02/22/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Nicola Benedetti
    Conductor:  Jakub Hrusa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Georg Kulenkampff: Concerto Recordings, Vol. 3
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 2092 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Spohr,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Georg Kulenkampff
    Conductor:  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt,  Joseph Keilberth
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  • 47.
    Bruch: Violin Concerto, Scottish Fantasy / Horigome, Simonov
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28790 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Yuzuko Horigome
    Conductor:  Yuri Simonov
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  • 48.
    Kulenkampff Plays Mozart, Spohr & Bruch
    Label: Dutton Laboratories/Vocalion   Catalog: 9804 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Max Bruch,  Louis Spohr
    Performer:  Georg Kulenkampff
    Conductor:  Arthur Rother,  Joseph Keilberth,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 49.
    The Art Of Ivry Gitlis - Violin Concertos
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 958196 Release Date: 07/13/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Alban Berg,  Max Bruch,  Paul Hindemith  ... 
    Performer:  Ivry Gitlis
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    Bruch: Kol Nidrei, Violin Concerto / Da Costa, Rosner, Bienne Symphony
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 7338 Release Date: 06/08/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Alexandre Da Costa,  Gilad Karni
    Conductor:  Thomas Rösner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bienne Symphony Orchestra
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