Bruch’s best: Per­for­mance Santa Fe Orches­tra

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Max Bruch com­posed three vi­o­lin con­cer­tos, but only the first es­caped ob­scu­rity, which it did with a vengeance. Prac­ti­cally all vir­tu­oso fid­dlers keep it in their reper­toire, where it stands as a ju­nior-sized coun­ter­part to the tow­er­ing Vi­o­lin Con­certo by Jo­hannes Brahms, which fol­lowed it by a decade. Bruch was coached on the de­tails of vi­o­lin writ­ing by Joseph Joachim, who later of­fered this as­sess­ment: “The Ger­mans have four vi­o­lin con­cer­tos. The great­est, the most un­com­pro­mis­ing, is Beethoven’s. The one by Brahms vies with it in se­ri­ous­ness. The rich­est, the most se­duc­tive, was writ­ten by Max Bruch. But the most in­ward, the heart’s jewel, is Men­delssohn’s.” On New Year’s Eve, the es­teemed Ukrainian-Is­raeli vi­o­lin­ist Vadim Gluz­man per­forms this most se­duc­tive of con­cer­tos, with Joseph Il­lick con­duct­ing t he Per­for­mance Santa Fe Orches­tra. Also on the pro­gram are Beethoven’s Sym­phony No. 1, plus arias from Han­del’s Gi­ulio Ce­sare and Le­hár’s Gi­u­ditta sung by so­prano Ava Pine. The con­cert takes place at the Len­sic Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter (211 W. San Francisco St.) on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 31, at 5 p.m., fol­low­ing a “fam­ily pre­view” open re­hearsal at 2 p.m. Tick­ets ($27 to $100 for the con­cert, $10 to $25 for the fam­ily pre­view) are avail­able by call­ing 505-988-1234 or vis­it­ing www.tick­etssantafe.org.

— James M. Keller

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