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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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Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations;  Bruch, Bloch / Kliegel
Release Date: 03/21/1995   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550519   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26

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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 65926 Release Date: 03/30/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Unspecified,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin
    Conductor:  Efrem Kurtz,  Walter Susskind
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  • 53.
    Icon - Nathan Milstein - Aristocrat Of The Violin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 98667 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Ottokar Novácek,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Nathan Milstein
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  • 54.
    Bruch, Brahms: Violin Concertos / Sarah Chang, Et Al
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 67004 Release Date: 10/06/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Sarah Chang
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 55.
    Bruch: Violin Concerto; Virtuoso Pieces / Michael Rabin
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 95607 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  William Kroll  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Rabin,  Lothar Broddack
    Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Symphony Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Beethoven: Symphony No 7; Bruch, Stravinsky / Repin, Rattle
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2056978 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Vadim Repin
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Mendelssohn, Bruch: Violin Concertos, Etc / Raiskin, Schmid, Et Al
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 725 Release Date: 06/30/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Benjamin Schmid
    Conductor:  Daniel Raiskin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Icon - Fritz Kreisler - The Charming Maverick
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 65042 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Fritz Kreisler,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Richard Heuberger  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Haddon Squire,  William Primrose,  Thomas Petre  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens,  Sir John Barbirolli,  Landon Ronald,  Leo Blech  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kreisler String Quartet,  Royal Albert Hall Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 59.
    The Great Violin Concertos / Yehudi Menuhin
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64198 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Edouard Lalo  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Cocker,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Christian Ferras,  William Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Alberto Lysy,  Jerzy Maksymiuk,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Efrem Kurtz  ... 
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  • 60.
    Yehudi Menuhin - The Great EMI Recordings
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64131 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Lili Boulanger,  Ernest Bloch,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Ferguson Webster,  Derek Simpson,  Robert Masters  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  John Pritchard,  George Enescu,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Colonne Concerts Orchestra  ... 
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  • 61.
    Legendary Treasures - Michael Rabin Collection Vol 2
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7951 Release Date: 02/10/2009   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Darius Milhaud,  Albert Spalding,  Eugčne Ysa˙e,  Niccolň Paganini  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Rabin,  Lothar Broddack,  Brian Sullivan,  Zino Francescatti
    Conductor:  Donald Voorhees,  Thomas Scherman,  Dimitri Mitropoulos,  Thomas Schippers  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra,  Little Orchestra Society,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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  • 62.
    Legendary Treasures - Violin Concertos Vol 1 / Silvia Marcovici, Et Al
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7942 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Silvia Marcovici
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  • 63.
    Bruch, Paganini: Violin Concertos / Alexandra Soumm, Georg Mark
    Label: Claves   Catalog: 2808 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Niccolň Paganini
    Performer:  Alexandra Soumm
    Conductor:  Georg Mark
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Beethoven, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Scholz, Sanderling
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 17712 Release Date: 12/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Katrin Scholz
    Conductor:  Michael Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Chamber Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Zino Francescatti Vol 3 - Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Kreisler
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7888 Release Date: 11/11/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Max Bruch,  Fritz Kreisler
    Performer:  Samuel Mayes,  Zino Francescatti
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Donald Voorhees
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra
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  • 66.
    David Oistrakh - The Complete EMI Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 14712 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 17
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Karen Khachaturian,  Eugčne Ysa˙e  ... 
    Performer:  Jacov Shapiro,  Joseph Stidel,  Joseph Gertovich,  Mikhail Terian  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicolai Malko,  Aram Khachaturian,  Maxim Shostakovich,  Lovro von Matacic  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 67.
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    Label: Venus Classics   Catalog: 5637214442 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Ayako Yonetani
    Conductor:  Zbynek Müller
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  • 68.
    Original Masters - David Oistrakh - Concertos And Encores
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4777479 Release Date: 07/10/2008   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch,  Alexander Glazunov,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Vladimir Yampolsky
    Conductor:  Kiril Kondrashin,  David Oistrakh,  Gabril Yudin,  Dmitri Kabalevsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  USSR State Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  USSR State Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Dreams: Classical Music For A Good Night's Sleep
    Label: Radiance Records   Catalog: 17682 Release Date: 01/29/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Schubert,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Béroff,  Shin-ichi Fukuda,  Ayako Shinozaki,  Valery Afanassiev  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Groves,  Hans Stadlmair,  Jun'ichi Hirokami
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lunaire Ensemble
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  • 70.
    Romantic Violin Concertos - Beethoven, Bruch, Sibelius, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 00899 Release Date: 10/02/2007   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Jean Sibelius,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann,  Augustin Dumay,  Nikolaj Znaider,  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons,  Emil Tchakarov,  Lawrence Foster,  André Cluytens
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 71.
    Archive - Bruch, Bach, Fortner, Pfitzner / Taschner
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 6421443 Release Date: 06/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Fortner,  Max Bruch,  Hans Pfitzner
    Performer:  Gerhard Taschner
    Conductor:  Hans Rosbaud,  Hans Müller-Kray,  Rudolf Kempe
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart SW German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 72.
    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 232 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Max Bruch,  Franz Schubert,  Niccolň Paganini
    Performer:  Gerhard Taschner,  Hans Altmann
    Conductor:  Herbert Sandberg,  Hermann Abendroth
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  • 73.
    Israel Philharmonic 70th Anniversary Concert
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2055878 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Max Bruch,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman,  Daniel Barenboim
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Grand Prix - Mendelssohn, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Mintz, Abbado, Et Al
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000872202 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  Max Bruch,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Shlomo Mintz,  Clifford Benson
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1; Lalo: Symphonie Espagnol
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 700817 Release Date: 05/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edouard Lalo,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Isaac Stern
    Conductor:  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra
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