The Golden Age—Ray Chen plays works by Kreisler, Bruch, Debussy, Gershwin, Scott, and others. Ray Chen (violin), Julien Quentin (piano), London Philharmonic Orchestra, dir. Robert Trevino; Made in Berlin (quartet)—Decca 483-3852—53:26, *****: The promise of music from the “Golden Age” of violinists—namely by the likes of violinists such as Kreisler, Heifetz, and Joachim and composers […]
BRUCH: Scottish Fantasy; Violin Concerto – Academy of St Martin in the Fields/ Joshua Bell, violin and conductor – Sony
Joshua Bell’s new traversal of Max Bruch two mighty violin scores has sinew and tenderness, as required. BRUCH: Scottish Fantasy, Op. 46; Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 – Academy of St Martin in the Fields/ Joshua Bell, violin and conductor – Sony 19075 84200 2, 55:40 (6/22/18) ****: Max Bruch (1838-1920) […]
ELGAR: Violin Concerto; BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 – Rachel Burton Pine, violin/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Andrew Litton – Avie
Rachel Burton Pine makes the emotional connection of these two Romantic concertos quite clear. ELGAR: Violin Concerto in b minor, Op. 61; BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in g minor, Op. 26 – Rachel Burton Pine, violin/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Andrew Litton – Avie AV 2375, 76:23 (1/5/18) [Distr. by Naxos] ****: In her accompanying […]
The aging German master displays his melodic and often explosive temper in three late string works. BRUCH: String Octet in E-flat Major; String Quintet in a minor; String Octet in B-flat Major – The Nash Ensemble – Hyperion CDA68168, 62:48 (3/31/17) [Distr. by Harmonia mundi/PIAS] ****: The three chamber works by Max Bruch (rec. 18-20 […]
Accardo and Masur combine for splendid work in pillars of the violin concerto repertory. BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 61; BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in g, Op. 26 – Salvatore Accardo, violin/ Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/ Kurt Masur – Pentatone RQR multichannel (4.0) SACD PTC 5186 237, 71:22 (10/21/16) [Distr. by Naxos] ****: Italian […]
BRUCH: String Quartet in c; Swedish Dances for Violin and Piano; Piano Quintet in g – Piers Lane, p./ Goldner String Q. – Hyperion
Piers Lane and the Goldner Quartet add another pearl to their string of gems, Bruch’s Piano Quintet. BRUCH: String Quartet in c, Op. 9; Swedish Dances for Violin and Piano; Piano Quintet in g – Piers Lane, p./ Goldner String Quartet – Hyperion CDA68120, 77:40 (4/1/16) [Distr. by Harmonia mundi] ****: Recorded 18-20 February 2015, […]
Mark Obert-Thorn revives the first two concerto performances by the youthful master Yehudi Menuhin – still astonishing. Yehudi Menuhin – The First Concerto Recordings 1931/32 = BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in g minor, Op. 26; ELGAR: Violin Concerto in e minor, Op. 61 – Yehudi Menuhin, violin/ London Sym. Orch./ Sir Landon Ronald & […]
TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto in D Major; BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in g minor – Tibor Varga, v./ Festival Orch./ J.M. Auberson – Claves
Volume 3 of the Tibor Varga Collection features this great violinist’s work in two Romantic staples, incisively played and recorded.
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in c minor; BRUCH: Scottish Fantasy in E-flat Major – David Oistrakh, v./ London Sym. Orch./ Jascha Horenstein – Pristine Audio
Sterling 1962 performances of Brahms and Bruch from master conductor Jascha Horenstein make this one desirable disc acquisition, fine musicianship in spades!
Ferenc Fricsay: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophone, Vol. I [TrackList follows] = DGG, 45 CDs
The 45-CD Fricsay Edition celebrates the complete mastery of a conductor over his chosen ensembles, in repertory of vast proportions.
Erick Friedman, violin = BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor; LALO: Symphonie espagnole – Erick Friedman, v./ Orch. National de France and Orch. de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire/ Georges Pretre – MeloClassics
The gifted Heifetz protégé Erick Friedman makes lovely and electric sparks in two Romantic staples performed in Paris, 1964.
This month our drawing/giveaway is for two 45-CD boxed sets of The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon by famed conductor Ferenc Fricsay. It includes his probing recordings of such works at the Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 5, 7, 8 & 9 plus the Piano Concerto No. 3; Bartok’s three Piano Concertos, Concerto for Orchestra, […]
Felix Salmond, cello = Works of BEETHOVEN, BRUCH, ST.-SAENS, GLAZUNOV, BRIDGE, GRIEG & Trad. – Pristine Audio
Pristine restores much of the electrical recording legacy of Felix Salmond, Britain’s extraordinary cellist.
A collection of wartime studio recordings attests to Erich Roehn’s versatility in various ensembles.
The most thorough and complete video of its kind that I have ever seen.
GLIÈRE: Eight Pieces for Violin and Viola; BRUCH: Eight Pieces for Violin, Viola, and Piano – Anton Miller, violin/ Rita Porfiris, viola/ David Westfall, p. – Miller-Porfiris Duo
Works by two Romantic masters, one very characteristic of its composer (Bruch), the other something of a surprise.
“Sunday Afternoon” = Works for Sax and Piano by POULENC, SINGELEE, GLAVOUNOV, DEBUSSY RAVEL, BRUCH – Christopher Creviston, sop. and alto saxophones/Hannah Creviston, piano – Creviston
A very rewarding program by one of the best classical saxophonists you’re ever likely to hear.
KORNGOLD: Violin Concerto in D Major; CHAUSSON: Poème for Violin and Orch.; BRUCH: Violin Con. No. 1 in G Minor – Arabella Steinbacher, v. /Gulbenkian Orch. Lisbon /Lawrence Foster – PentaTone
An odd program, but it has its points, the most compelling a lovely performance of Chausson’s equally lovely Poème.
MAX BRUCH: Scottish Fantasy; Violin Concerto No. 1; Romance for Violin and Orchestra – Guy Braunstein: violin, Bamberger Sym./ Ion Marin – Tudor
A nice performance marred by a rather lukewarm recording.
DVORAK: Violin Concerto; BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 – Julia Fischer, v./ Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich/ David Zinman – Decca
A lovely pairing of two exquisite concertos for violin and orchestra—but again? Such fine talent could be directed to less frequented repertory.
ELGAR: Cello Concerto; CARTER: Cello Concerto; BRUCH: Kol Nidre – Alisa Weilerstein, c. – Staatskapelle Berlin/ Daniel Barenboim – Decca
Cellist Alisa Weilerstein reveals the joy in Eliot Carter’s complex Cello Concerto and her sublime Elgar Cello Concerto is a performance for the ages.
BRUCH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in G Minor; MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in E Minor; BEETHOVEN: Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 1; Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 – Philippe Quint, v./ Orquesta Sinfónica de Mineria/ Carlos Miguel Prieto – Avanticlassic (SACD + DVD)
Excellent Bruch and Beethoven in fine SACD sound. For me, the Mendelssohn is not quite in the same league, but it’s a novel approach that will have its adherents.