Bruch’s best: Performance Santa Fe Orchestra
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