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
Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Tchaikovsky & Bruch: Violin Concertos / Milstein
Release Date: 05/27/2016   Label: Urania  
Catalog: 153   Number of Discs: 2
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Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Bruch / Grumiaux, Krenz, Wallberg, New Philharmonia
Release Date: 06/21/2005   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186117   Number of Discs: 1
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Bruch, Chausson, Korngold: Violin Concertos / Steinbacher
Release Date: 03/26/2013   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186503   Number of Discs: 1
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Bruch & Mendelssohn: Violin Concertos / Mintz, Abbado, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Release Date: 11/13/2015   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186208   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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  • 76.
    Bruch, Paganini, Sarasate / Korsakov, Fedoseyev, Et Al
    Label: Vista Vera   Catalog: 98 Release Date: 12/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Niccolň Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate
    Performer:  Andrei Korsakov
    Conductor:  Vladimir Fedoseyev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Radio Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra
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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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,  Niccolň Paganini,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Ricardo Odnoposoff
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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    The Art of Ruggiero Ricci
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 3611 Release Date: 10/18/2005   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz von Vecsey,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Giorgio Ricci,  Ruggiero Ricci,  Louis Persinger
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Louis de Froment,  Matthias Kuntsch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Luxembourg Radio/Television Symphony Orchestra,  Bochum Symphony Orchestra
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  • 84.
    The Art Of Nathan Milstein
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1168 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Nathan Milstein
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  István Kertész,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
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  • 85.
    The Joshua Bell Edition Vol 2 - Bruch, Etc: Violin Concertos
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000420302 Release Date: 04/12/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Performer:  Joshua Bell
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner,  Peter Maag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 86.
    Bruch, Dvorák: Violin Concertos / Mintz, Abbado
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 449091 Release Date: 03/15/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Antonín Dvorák
    Performer:  Shlomo Mintz
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 87.
    Wolfgang Schneiderhan - 1950s Concerto Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4775263 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frank Martin,  Giuseppe Tartini,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Rudolf Baumgartner,  Claude Starck
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet,  Rudolf Baumgartner,  Paul Van Kempen,  Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Lucerne Festival Strings,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 88.
    Carl Schuricht-collection - Bruch, Goetz, Grieg, Volkmann
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93149 Release Date: 08/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Volkmann,  Hermann Goetz,  Max Bruch,  Edvard Grieg
    Performer:  Roman Schimmer,  Hansheinz Schneeberger
    Conductor:  Carl Schuricht
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 89.
    Bruch, Tchaikovsky: Violin Concertos / Frank Peter Zimmermann
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 93129 Release Date: 07/05/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Frank Peter Zimmermann
    Conductor:  Manfred Honeck,  Paavo Berglund
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 90.
    Yehudi Menuhin - The Violinist
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 85562 Release Date: 11/04/2003   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Carl Nielsen,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Gioconda de Vito,  Robert Masters,  Derek Simpson  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir William Walton,  Mogens Wöldike,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Anthony Bernard  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Menuhin Festival Orchestra  ... 
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  • 91.
    Brahms, Bruch: Violin Concertos, Etc / Ayla Erduran, Et Al
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 1087 Release Date: 08/26/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Johannes Brahms
    Performer:  Ayla Erduran,  Paulette Zanlongi
    Conductor:  Armin Jordan,  Richard Beck
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 92.
    Mendelssohn & Bruch: Violin Concertos / Midori, Et Al
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 87740 Release Date: 08/26/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Midori
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 93.
    Zino Francescatti In Performance - Tchaikovsky, Bruch, Et Al
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1118 Release Date: 04/29/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Max Bruch,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
    Performer:  Zino Francescatti
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Frank Black,  Artur Rodzinski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ORTF Philharmonic Orchestra,  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
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  • 94.
    Label: Supraphon   Catalog: 3663 Release Date: 09/24/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Alban Berg,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Josef Suk
    Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
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  • 95.
    Bruch: Concerto No 1, Scottish Fantasy / Aaron Rosand, Et Al
    Label: Vox Classics   Catalog: 7906 Release Date: 02/19/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Aaron Rosand
    Conductor:  Christoph Wyneken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra Hannover
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  • 96.
    Legendary Treasures - Nathan Milstein Collection Vol 1
    Label: Doremi Records   Catalog: 7752 Release Date: 11/13/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Johannes Brahms,  Henri Wieniawski,  Niccolň Paganini  ... 
    Performer:  Nathan Milstein,  Valentin Pavlovsky,  Artur Balsam
    Conductor:  Artur Rodzinski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 97.
    The Monet Collection - Music For Reading
    Label: Lifestyles   Catalog: 315019 Release Date: 06/05/2001   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch,  Ludwig van Beethoven
    Performer:  Timur Gorkovenko,  Rafael Khismatulin,  Igor Uryash,  Sergei Slovachevsky
    Conductor:  Stanislav Gorkovenko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Radio/TV Orchestra of St. Petersburg
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  • 98.
    Mendelssohn, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Mutter, Karajan
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 463641 Release Date: 05/08/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 99.
    Mendelssohn, Bruch, Prokofiev: Concertos / Nathan Milstein
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66551 Release Date: 10/30/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Max Bruch,  Sergei Prokofiev
    Performer:  Nathan Milstein
    Conductor:  William Steinberg,  Vladimir Golschmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 100.
    Mendelssohn, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Chung, Dutoit, Kempe
    Label: London/Decca Legends   Catalog: 460976 Release Date: 08/10/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Felix Mendelssohn
    Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe,  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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