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BRUCH, M.: Violin Concertos Nos. 2 and 3 (Fedotov, Russian Philharmonic, Yablonsky)

Composer(s):Bruch, Max
Artist(s) Yablonsky, Dmitry, Conductor • Russian Philharmonic OrchestraFedotov, Maxim, violin
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Concertos
Catalogue 8.557793
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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USD 9.99
 

 
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While Max Bruch’s first violin concerto is one of the most popular in the repertoire, his other two remain relatively unknown. The second, dedicated to the virtuoso Pablo Sarasate, opens with a rhapsodic Adagio brimming with sublime melodies, its declamatory middle movement leading to a rhythmic finale. In contrast, the third, from 1891, launches heroically, the soloist taking centre-stage in the lyrical Adagio middle movement, a perpetuum mobile rondo finale capping the work. Maxim Fedotov’s recording of Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 can be heard on Naxos 8.557689. His recording of the Scottish Fantasy is available on .

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Review By David Denton,Naxos,June 2009

Max Bruch may not relish today’s high level of popularity for his First Violin Concerto,  the fact that in his lifetime it was already beginning to overshadow his considerable list of compositions being something he disliked. The simple fact remains that he was never again to find the readily attractive melodies that had come to the twenty-six year old composer. The Second and Third concertos are full of grand gestures, technical brilliance, and the use of much the same shape as the earlier work. They may well have found a place in the standard repertoire if only the First had never appeared. Intended respectively for two great virtuosos of the day, Pablo Sarasate and Joseph Joachim, the fiery finale of the Second no doubt giving Sarasate plenty of scope

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