Bruch: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2

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Bruch: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2



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29th March 2010




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Bruch: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2


Symphony No. 1 in E Flat, Op. 28

Symphony No. 2 in F minor, Op. 36

Staatskapelle Weimar, Michael Halász



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Bruch was famed in his lifetime for his large-scale choral works, but perhaps best known today for his Violin Concerto No. 1 (8557689; also Violin Concertos Nos. 2 & 3: 8557793) Kol Nidrei and Schelomo (8550519)

He also composed three symphonies. The First, dedicated to Brahms and indebted to Mendelssohn and Schumann, was well received at its première.

The weighty Second was dedicated to the violinist/composer Joseph Joachim. The symphony echoes the music of Beethoven and Brahms and features the beautiful Adagio second movement with lyrical solos for several instruments.

Max Bruch: Symphony No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 28

I. Allegro maestoso

II. Scherzo: Presto

III. Quasi fantasia: Grave

IV. Finale: Allegro guerriero

Max Bruch: Symphony No. 2 in F minor, Op. 36

I. Allegro passionato, ma un poco maestoso

II. Adagio ma non troppo

III. Allegro molto tranquillo

Classic FM Magazine

November 2010


“...the First Symphony's Mendelssohn-like Scherzo movement...spins with quicksilver deftness...there's real engagement with the darker lyrical world of the Second Symphony's slow movement”

The Guardian

15th April 2010


“[The Second is] densely scored and expressively wrought, especially in the central slow movement, which explores some darkly intense territory before achieving a peaceful resolution...the performances under Michael Halász seem sensitive and committed…”

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