Max Bruch – Violin Concerto 1 & Other Works – Jack Liebeck, BBC Scottish Symphony, Martyn Brabbins (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:12:12minutes | 1,29 GB | Genre: Classical
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Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 is the daddythe most popular ever written. Much recorded, Jack Liebeck turns in a dazzling performance of youthful vigour, prefacing the Concerto with the gorgeous Serenade and a Romance.
At the age of 30, Max Bruch wrote a violin concerto that would still be sitting at the top of radio listeners polls more than a century later; he spent the rest of his career trying to repeat the success, while kicking himself for selling the rights. Jack Liebeck pairs the familiar Concerto No 1 with two works for violin and orchestra that are similarly sumptuous, if less consistently inspired. The four-movement Serenade in A minor is patchy: a passage of sighing, soaring gloriousness emerges halfway through the second movement, only to be discarded for a relentlessly perky march, and the rhythmically repetitive finale would sound downright turgid under any conductor less dynamic than Martyn Brabbins. The 10-minute Romance in A minor is lovely, but easy to forget. Yet anyone who likes the familiar Bruch will enjoy this too, and Liebeck is a red-blooded, eloquent advocate throughout.
01 – Serenade in A minor, Op. 75 – I. Andante con moto
02 – Serenade in A minor, Op. 75 – II. Allegro moderato, alla marcia
03 – Serenade in A minor, Op. 75 – III. Notturno. Andante sostenuto
04 – Serenade in A minor, Op. 75 – IV. Allegro energico e vivace
05 – Romance in A minor, Op. 42
06 – Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 – I. Prelude. Allegro moderato –
07 – Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 – II. Adagio
08 – Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26 – III. Finale. Allegro energico
Produced by Andrew Keener. Engineered by Simon Eadon & Dave Rowell.
Recorded in September 2014 at City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland.
Jack Liebeck – violin
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Conducted by Martyn Brabbins.
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