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

Work: Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26

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  • 51.
    Bruch, Paganini: Violin Concertos / Alexandra Soumm, Georg Mark
    Label: Claves   Catalog: 2808 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Niccolò Paganini
    Performer:  Alexandra Soumm
    Conductor:  Georg Mark
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rheinland-Pfalz State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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,  Eugène Ysaÿe  ... 
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1;  Mendelssohn / Kennedy, Tate
    Label: Emi 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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  • 57.
    Bruch; Mendelsson: Violin Concertos
    Label: Recommends   Catalog: 1296383 Release Date: 02/12/2008  
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Franz Schubert,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Nigel Kennedy
    Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    The Best Of Maxim Vengerov
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 63780 Release Date: 04/24/2007   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Franz Waxman,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Jean Sibelius,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Maxim Vengerov,  Alexander Markovich,  Revital Chachamov,  Itamar Golan
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Mstislav Rostropovich  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 64.
    Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1 / Da Costa, Tremblay, Et Al
    Label: Xxi   Catalog: 552 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Alexandre Da Costa
    Conductor:  Jean-Philippe Tremblay
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre de la Francophonie Canadienne
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  • 65.
    Carl Schuricht Collection - Historical Recordings 1950-1966
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93140 Release Date: 03/13/2007   Number of Discs: 20
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Richard Wagner,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Barry McDaniel,  Clara Haskil,  Fritz Wunderlich,  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf  ... 
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Southwest German Radio Vocal Ensemble,  Hessian Radio Chorus Frankfurt  ... 
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  • 66.
    Mendelssohn, Bruch: Violin Concertos, Romance / Janine Jansen, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000726002 Release Date: 01/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Janine Jansen
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 67.
    Bruch, Paganini, Sarasate / Korsakov, Fedoseyev, Et Al
    Label: Vista Vera   Catalog: 98 Release Date: 12/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Niccolò Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate
    Performer:  Andrei Korsakov
    Conductor:  Vladimir Fedoseyev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra
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  • 68.
    Mozart, Beethoven, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Leitner
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 4062 Release Date: 09/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Max Bruch,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Rudolf Koeckert,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan
    Conductor:  Ferdinand Leitner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
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  • 69.
    Beethoven, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Grumiaux, Davis, Wallberg
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186120 Release Date: 08/29/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Arthur Grumiaux
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Heinz Wallberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Mendelssohn, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Perlman, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56525 Release Date: 08/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 71.
    Legendary Treasures - Ricardo Odnoposoff Vol. 1
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7874 Release Date: 05/23/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Antonín Dvorák,  Niccolò Paganini,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Ricardo Odnoposoff
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  • 72.
    Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1, Etc / Fedotov, Yablonsky, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557689 Release Date: 05/16/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Maxim Fedotov
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Bronislaw Gimpel Plays Concerti By Bruch, Dvorak & Goldmark
    Label: Vox Box Legends   Catalog: 5523 Release Date: 03/16/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Fritz Kreisler,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Bronislaw Gimpel
    Conductor:  Rolf Reinhardt,  Curt Cremer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Pro Musica Orchestra
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  • 74.
    Brahms: Double Concerto; Bruch / Oistrakh, Fournier
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 45765 Release Date: 03/07/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Pierre Fournier,  David Oistrakh
    Conductor:  Alceo Galliera,  Lovro von Matacic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 75.
    Bruch, Vieuxtemps: Concertos / Heifetz, Sargent, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 71622 Release Date: 02/07/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Henri Vieuxtemps
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Osian Ellis
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra
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