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Bruch: Kol Nidrei and other works
Orchestre Symphonique Bienne, Thomas Rösner
The First Violin Concerto by Max Bruch (1838-1920) has rightly become one of the most famous pieces of Romantic music. Its lovely, arching melodies, its sumptuous harmonies and its virtuosic charm made it an instant hit, and audiences have never stopped loving it. But Bruch wrote much more that should be just as popular. His Kol nidrei, here recorded for the first time in the composer’s own arrangement for violin and orchestra, is a gorgeous elaboration of Jewish themes that Bruch knew from his time as a choral conductor in Berlin. His interest in the music of other cultures also resulted in his Serenade on Swedish Melodies. This, along with the Romance for Viola and orchestra, may have been among his very last works, but they prove that Bruch never lost the melodic freshness of his youth. The listener can here also appreciate a work from the very beginning of Bruch’s career, the bubbling, intensely melodious Overture to the opera Scherz, List und Rache op. 1, in a first-ever recording with orchestra.
“Alexandre da Costa shines [in Kol Nidrei] as the soloist, and also in the violin concerto, navigating the trickier sections with ease and producing a ravishing tone in the slow movement. Gilad Karni matches up to this high standard as soloist in the undervalued Romance for Viola, tackling the challenging middle section with great aplomb and producing a rich, telling tone throughout.” Musical Opinion, September 2010
“The viola Romance is utterly lovely, with Gilad Karni a persuasive advocate, while the five succint and varied movements that comprise the Serenade on Swedish Folk Melodies also make pleasing listening” International Record Review, April 2010
“This is a fascinating disc, both in choice and execution of repertoire...The strings here [in the Serenade] acquit themselves very well, taut and balanced ensemble, with stylish use of portamento in expressive phrases, particularly by the cellos.” MusicWeb International, August 2010
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Bruch - Swedish & Russian Dances
The symphonic compositions of Max Bruch featured on this disc show his clear love for the lied.
Whether you’re listening to the Serenade after Swedish Folk Melodies, the highly imaginative and colorful Orchestral Suites on Swedish Dances, or the Suite after Russian Folk Songs, Bruch always enchants the senses with his depictions of romantic musical landscapes.
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