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BRUCH, M.: Violin Concerto No. 1 / Romanze, Op. 85 / String Quintet in A minor (Gluzman, Bergen Philharmonic, Litton)

BRUCH, M.: Violin Concerto No. 1 / Romanze, Op. 85 / String Quintet in A minor (Gluzman, Bergen Philharmonic, Litton)

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release date: May 2011

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2011

Artists:

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra


Litton, Andrew


Vadim Gluzman

Soloist

Record Label
BIS

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Total Time - 56:29
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BRUCH, M.: Violin Concerto No. 1 / Romanze, Op. 85 / String Quintet in A minor (Gluzman, Bergen Philharmonic, Litton)

 

MAX BRUCH

Select Complete Single Disc for
     
 

Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26

 
1 I. Prelude: Allegro moderato 8:15
 Litton, Andrew
2 II. Adagio 8:36
 Litton, Andrew
3 III. Finale: Allegro energico 7:20
 Litton, Andrew
     
4 

Romanze in F major, Op. 85

8:30
 Litton, Andrew
     
 

String Quintet in A minor

 
5 I. Allegro 9:41
6 II. Allegro molto 3:27
7 III. Adagio non troppo 4:00
8 IV. Allegro 6:40
     
 Vadim Gluzman Soloist


Throughout his 82-year life, Max Bruch remained true to the musical ideals of his youth, formed by Schubert, Mendelssohn, Schumann and German folk songs. As a result, the same composer who in the 1880’s was regarded as Brahms’ equal, by the time of his death in 1920 was considered an anachronistic irrelevance. Nowadays, however, few would deny that his production includes numerous works of exquisite sonority, beautiful melodiousness and admirable formal cohesion: a glorious irrelevance indeed. His Violin Concerto No. 1 was a spectacular success from its first performance in 1868, and soon won over audiences both in Germany and abroad. In fact, it became so popular that Bruch in later years became increasingly worried about being considered a ‘one-hit wonder’. It is thus a staple of all violin soloists that Vadim Gluzman here takes on, after his recordings of the concertos by Tchaikovsky (‘without doubt one of the work’s finest recordings in recent years’, BBC Music Magazine), Barber (‘one of the most beautiful and characterful recordings of this work’, klassik-heute.de) and Korngold (‘Gluzman’s playing lends the work a new vitality and cohesion’, Classica). Supported by the eminent Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and its music director Andrew Litton, Gluzman couples the work with a rarity, a violin version of the Romance in F major, Op.85, composed by Bruch for viola and orchestra almost 35 years after the violin concerto. The composer also made an arrangement for violin and piano, and it is this violin part which Gluzman performs to the original orchestral score. Closing the programme is the String Quintet in A minor in which Gluzman is joined by four eminent string players: Sandis Šteinbergs, Maxim Rysanov, Ilze Klava and Reinis Birznieks. Composed in 1918, the Quintet certainly offers no indication of being the exact contemporary of modernist works such as Stravinsky’s Histoire d’un soldat; on the other hand its almost youthful energy, dramatic instinct and playful exuberance equally belies the fact that it was composed by a man in his eightieth year.

                            Best of the Year Discs for 2011

One of the best Classical Discs of the Year - Audiophile Audition - 27 December 2011


"...Soloist Vadim Gluzman and the Bergen Philharmonic under Andrew Litten give a committed interpretation of Bruch’s First Violin Concerto... the rarely heard String Quartet in A minor is a revelation ... BIS and the artists have done these works proud."

Anthony Clarke - Limelight Magazine.com - 12 October 2011

 


                          *****  Exceptional

 

Giuseppe Rossi - Musica magazine - September 2011


        Recording of the Month

"Quite the finest performance of the Bruch concerto I have ever heard."

Christopher Fifield - musicwebinternational.com - June 2011


           "Recommended"

"A bewitching account of one of the warhorses of the concerto repertoire."

Joanne Talbot - The Strad - July 2011


                  Editor’s Choice

"...Gluzman’s performance revitalises music that can sound conservative, even tired, in less talented hands. Backed by the Bergen orchestra, Bruch has a new champion." *****

Jane Jones - Classic FM Magazine - July 2011

 


     "Orchestral Choice"

Performance *****      Recording *****

"A performance that allows the music to speak for itself."

Erik Levoi - BBC Music Magazine - July 2011




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