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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    Legendary Treasures - Violin Concertos Vol 1 / Silvia Marcovici, Et Al
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    Label: Venus Classics   Catalog: 5637214442 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 81.
    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
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  • 83.
    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
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    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000895302 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 5
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    Label: Archipel   Catalog: 232 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
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    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2055878 Release Date: 05/29/2007   Number of Discs: 1
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    Beethoven, Bruch: Violin Concertos / Grumiaux, Davis, Wallberg
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    Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1, Etc / Fedotov, Yablonsky, Et Al
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    Bronislaw Gimpel Plays Concerti By Bruch, Dvorak & Goldmark
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    Bruch, Vieuxtemps: Concertos / Heifetz, Sargent, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 71622 Release Date: 02/07/2006   Number of Discs: 1
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    The Art Of Nathan Milstein
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    The Joshua Bell Edition Vol 2 - Bruch, Etc: Violin Concertos
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000420302 Release Date: 04/12/2005   Number of Discs: 2
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    Bruch, Dvorák: Violin Concertos / Mintz, Abbado
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