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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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Bruch, Chausson, Korngold: Violin Concertos / Steinbacher
Release Date: 03/26/2013   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186503   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Violin no 1 in G minor, Op. 26

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    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
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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    Arthur Grumiaux - Philips Recordings 1955-1978
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000798102 Release Date: 01/09/2007   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johan Svendsen,  Henri Wieniawski  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Crossley,  Arthur Grumiaux,  Robert Veyron-Lacroix,  Egida Giordani Sartori
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart,  Heinz Wallberg,  Jan Krenz,  Arpád Gerecz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Les Solistes Romands  ... 
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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    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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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    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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  • 92.
    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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  • 93.
    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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  • 94.
    Wolfgang Schneiderhan - 1950s Concerto Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4775263 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Schneiderhan,  Claude Starck,  Rudolf Baumgartner
    Conductor:  Rudolf Baumgartner,  Paul Van Kempen,  Ferdinand Leitner,  Ferenc Fricsay  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lucerne Festival Strings,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 95.
    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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  • 96.
    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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  • 97.
    Mischa Elman - Complete Decca Recordings Vol 1
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1343 Release Date: 05/11/2004   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Werner Josten,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Tommaso Antonio Vitali  ... 
    Performer:  Mischa Elman,  Joe Seiger
    Conductor:  Josef Krips,  Sir Georg Solti,  Sir Adrian Boult,  Anatole Fistoulari
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Brahms, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Zukerman, Mehta, Etc
    Label: Rca 24/96 Sound Dimension   Catalog: 55268 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 99.
    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  ... 
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  • 100.
    Bruch: Violin Concerto, Concerto For 2 Pianos, Etc / Ricci
    Label: Vox Allegretto   Catalog: ACD 8169 Release Date: 09/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Max Bruch
    Performer:  Ruggiero Ricci,  David Hagan,  Martin Berkofsky
    Conductor:  Matthias Kuntsch,  Lutz Herbig
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bochum Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
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