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Bruch: Vi­olin Con­certo No 1; Ro­mance; Ser­e­nade

★★★★ Hyperion

Some com­posers have had to live in the shadow of a great pre­de­ces­sor, most fa­mously Brahms, look­ing over his shoul­der at Beethoven. But Max Bruch lived his long life in the shadow of one of his own works, his al­ways pop­u­lar 1865 First

Vi­olin Con­certo, which he naively sold for a flat fee, fore­go­ing all roy­al­ties. Un­like many of the com­posers of the great­est vi­olin con­cer­tos, who left only a sin­gle work in the genre, he tried again and again, with­out ever hit­ting the bulls­eye a se­cond time. The mu­si­cianly and sweet-toned Bri­tish vi­o­lin­ist Jack Liebeck is care­ful not to press ei­ther the sub­stan­tial Ser­e­nade (1899) or

Ro­mance (1874) for more than they can yield, and makes sure noth­ing in the con­certo sounds faded. url.ie/4qdb

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