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"His name will endure, if only thanks to one superb violin concerto." Thus The New Grove on Max Bruch, a prolific composer who was much admired in his lifetime. His talent for melody and orchestration revealed itself at an early ...

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"His name will endure, if only thanks to one superb violin concerto." Thus The New Grove on Max Bruch, a prolific composer who was much admired in his lifetime. His talent for melody and orchestration revealed itself at an early age, and he was encouraged to travel to Leipzig to imbibe the influence of Mendelssohn. The opera Die Loreley and the cantata Frijthof established his reputation in Germany, but it was to be his choral music - both sacred and secular - that kept his name before the public.

The First Violin Concerto was the first of a string of works for the instrument (the Scottish Fantasy is still performed occasionally), and he composed three symphonies, the Kol nidrei for cello and orchestra, and a final, unsuccessful opera, Hermione. He was a respected teacher, and numbered Respighi and Vaughan Williams among his students in Berlin. He held posts in Koblenz, Sondershausen, Breslau and Liverpool, but he reacted against the innovations of Liszt and Wagner, and found himself isolated from contemporary opinion later in life.

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Violin Concerto  3rd mvt
Violin Concerto 3rd mvt
Performer
David Garrett
Composer
Conductor
Last played on
Final Chorus from Odysseus (Op. 41)
Final Chorus from Odysseus (Op. 41)
Composer
Conductor
Choir
North German Radio Choir
Last played on
Scottish Fantasy - finale
Scottish Fantasy - finale
Composer
Performer
Ning Feng
Orchestra
German Symphony Orchestra, Berlin
Conductor
Yang Yang
Last played on
Violin Concerto No.1 in G Minor - 3rd Movement
Violin Concerto No.1 in G Minor - 3rd Movement
Composer
Last played on
Concerto for violin and orchestra no.1 (Op.26) in G minor, 2nd movement; Adagio
Concerto for violin and orchestra no.1 (Op.26) in G minor, 2nd movement; Adagio
Composer
Performer
Conductor
Last played on
Scottish fantasy for violin and orchestra (Op.46)
Violin Concerto
Violin Concerto
Performer
Jakub Hrůša
Nicola Benedetti and Czech Philharmonic
Romance for viola and orchestra, Op.83
Romance for viola and orchestra, Op.83
Composer
Performer
Orchestra
Gewandhaus Orchestra
Concerto for violin and orchestra no. 1 (Op. 26) in G minor: Finale
Concerto for violin and orchestra no. 1 (Op. 26) in G minor: Finale
Composer
Performer
Orchestra
Gewandhaus Orchestra
Last played on
Scottish Fantasy: 1st mvt (arranged for violin and piano)
Scottish Fantasy: 1st mvt (arranged for violin and piano)
Composer
Last played on
Violin Concerto In G Minor (2nd Movement)
Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op. 26
Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op. 26
Composer
Conductor
Thomas Sondergard
Concerto no. 1 in G minor Op.26 for violin and orchestra
Concerto no. 1 in G minor Op.26 for violin and orchestra
Conductor
Composer
8 Pieces, Op 83 No 1
8 Pieces, Op 83 No 1
Composer
Performer
Middleton, Joseph
Mark Simpson
Lise Berthaud
Swedish Dances
Swedish Dances
Orchestra
Gewandhaus Orchestra
Composer
Conductor
Konzertstück for violin and orchestra in F# minor, Op.84, 2nd mvt.
Konzertstück for violin and orchestra in F# minor, Op.84, 2nd mvt.
Performer
Martyn Brabbins
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Jack Liebeck
Scottish fantasy Op.46 for violin and orchestra
Scottish fantasy Op.46 for violin and orchestra
Orchestra
National Youth Orchestra of Scotland
Composer
Concerto no. 3 in D minor Op.58 for violin and orchestra
Concerto no. 3 in D minor Op.58 for violin and orchestra
Performer
Last played on
Scottish fantasy Op.46 for violin and orchestra
Scottish fantasy Op.46 for violin and orchestra
Performer
Last played on
Scottish fantasy Op.46 for violin and orchestra: Finale; Allegro guerriero
Scottish fantasy Op.46 for violin and orchestra: Finale; Allegro guerriero
Conductor
Rory MacDonald
Composer
Last played on
Scottish Fantasy, 4th mvt
Scottish Fantasy, 4th mvt
Performer
Nicola Benedetti, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Rory Macdonald
Romance in F major for viola and orchestra, Op. 85
Romance in F major for viola and orchestra, Op. 85
Composer
Performer
Orchestra
Gewandhausorchester
Last played on
Concerto for 2 pianos and orchestra,  last mvt.
Concerto for 2 pianos and orchestra, last mvt.
Performer
Semyon Bychkov
Katia and Marielle Labeque, Philharmonia Orchestra
Violin Concerto no. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
Violin Concerto no. 1 in G minor, Op. 26
Composer
Performer
Conductor
Gergely Madaras
Concerto for violin and orchestra no. 1 (Op.26) in G minor, 3rd mvt; Finale ...
Concerto for violin and orchestra no. 1 (Op.26) in G minor, 3rd mvt; Finale ...
Composer
Last played on
Octet for strings (Op.posth.) [1919], 3rd mvt; Allegro molto
Octet for strings (Op.posth.) [1919], 3rd mvt; Allegro molto
Composer
Performer
Zsolt Fejervari
Last played on
Scottish Fantasy for violin and orchestra Op.98
Scottish Fantasy for violin and orchestra Op.98
Conductor
Rory MacDonald
Composer
Concerto in E minor Op.88 for clarinet, viola and orchestra: 2nd mvt; Allegro..
Concerto in E minor Op.88 for clarinet, viola and orchestra: 2nd mvt; Allegro..
Composer
Conductor
Orchestra
Lyon Opera Orchestra
Last played on
Scottish Fantasy iii) Andante Sostenuto
Scottish Fantasy iii) Andante Sostenuto
Composer
Performer
Nicola Benedetti - violin
Last played on
Concerto no. 1 in G minor Op.26 for violin and orchestra
Concerto no. 1 in G minor Op.26 for violin and orchestra
Performer
Andrej Power
Orchestra
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Composer
Violin Concerto no.1 in G minor, Finale
Violin Concerto no.1 in G minor, Finale
Performer
Composer
Orchestra
Gewandhaus Orchestra
Last played on
Concerto for violin and orchestra no.1 (Op.26) in G minor, 3rd movement; Finale
Concerto for violin and orchestra no.1 (Op.26) in G minor, 3rd movement; Finale
Composer
Last played on
Moses Op.67 for soli, chorus and orchestra: The return of the scouts from Canaan
Moses Op.67 for soli, chorus and orchestra: The return of the scouts from Canaan
Orchestra
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Composer
Choir
Bamberg Symphony Chorus
Last played on
Scottish Fantasy 1.  Introduction; Grave, Adagio cantabile
Scottish Fantasy 1. Introduction; Grave, Adagio cantabile
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