Max Bruch


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: Complete String Quartets / Academica String Quartet
Release Date: 09/27/2011   Label: Dynamic  
Catalog: 8024   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: 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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  • 52.
    The Heifetz Collection Vol 8 - 1950-1955
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61739 Release Date: 05/12/2011   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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto, Etc;  Bruch / Menuhin, Et Al
    Label: Emi Seraphim   Catalog: 68524 Release Date: 10/26/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin
    Conductor:  Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos,  Sir Adrian Boult,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    My Favourites
    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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  • 70.
    Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1;  Mendelssohn / Kennedy, Tate
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 49663 Release Date: 03/04/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch,  Franz Schubert
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 71.
    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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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    Ultimate Violin Classics - The Essential Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000895302 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci,  Henryk Szeryng,  David Oistrakh,  Lev Oborin  ... 
    Conductor:  Piero Gamba,  Sir Alexander Gibson
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  • 74.
    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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  • 75.
    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:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch,  Fritz Kreisler,  Sergei Rachmaninov
    Performer:  Shlomo Mintz,  Clifford Benson
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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