The German composer Max Bruch is a well-known name, but mainly for a very few compositions. Beyond his perennial favourite violin concerto, only the Scottish fantasy and Kol Nidrei have gained interest from the masses. The rest of his output is grossly neglected, possibly because his style is perhaps too close to Brahms without the spark of absolute genius. Still, it is very rewarding to explore his oeuvre. His three symphonies do not really stand out, but his chamber music is excellent, in particular his two string quartets which I rate higher than Brahms' three. But the highlight of his work is his three violin concertos. Yes, he wrote three of them, even though only the first is heard on a regular basis. As an introduction to the composer, this Naxos disc of the later two less known masterpieces, in the version by Maxim Fedotov and the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra under Dmitry Yablonsky. If you like violin concertos from the romantic period, this disc is a must.
About me: Dutchman, married to a beautiful and highly talented artist from Shanghai. Although my education (PhD chemistry) is very much associated with the left side of the brain, I like to use my right side for my hobbies: music, art, photography.
About this blog: I started this blog in August 2006, just wanting to share what I considered interesting pieces of visual art and music. I suffered from blogging blues for most of 2008, but making a fresh start in October of that year has done wonders for my inspiration. In case you did not notice, most posts end with a small symbol... just click that for the relevant link. All pictures in my blog are hosted on blogger - if some do not show up (the red cross syndrome) it is a blogger hiccup. Right click and selecting "show picture" should do the trick.
About the reconstruction:
End March 2017 I converted thousands of posts to draft, in order to sort out potential copyright issues. Many of these will be restored in the course of the year.
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