Max Bruch – Violin Concerto No.3 & Scottish Fantasy – Jack Liebeck, BBC Scottish Symphony, Martyn Brabbins (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:09:35 minutes | 1,19 GB | Genre: Classical
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Recorded: August 2013 at City Halls, Candleriggs, Glasgow, Scotland
Award-winning violinist Jack Liebeck brings his impassioned tones, fulsome emotional display and formidable technique to the first of three albums of music by Max Bruch.
This programme presents one of Bruch’s most popular pieces for violin and orchestra, the Scottish Fantasy, alongside one of his least known, the Violin Concerto No 3 in D minor, Op 58. Anyone hearing Jack Liebeck’s performance may well wonder why this concerto has languished in the lumber room for so long—it has never been heard at the BBC Proms, for example. It was written for Joseph Joachim who gave the premiere in Düsseldorf and subsequently played the concerto in Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Strasbourg, Breslau, Leipzig, Cologne and London (for the Philharmonic Society).
The Scottish Fantasy in E flat major, Op 46 (or more correctly ‘Fantasia for the violin with orchestra and harp, freely using Scottish folk melodies’), was written in Berlin during the winter of 1879–80 for Sarasate and reflected the Spaniard’s more colourful personality. Although Bruch never visited Scotland, he was typical of German Romantics in having a fascination with the picture of the country painted by such writers as Walter Scott. For the Scottish Fantasy he drew on James Johnson’s voluminous folk-song collection The Scots Musical Museum.
Max Bruch (1838-1920)
Violin Concerto No 3 in D minor Op 58
1 Allegro energico [18’09]
2 Adagio [10’49]
3 Allegro molto [9’37]
Scottish Fantasy in E flat major Op 46
4 Introduction: Grave – [3’41]
5 Adagio cantabile [5’18]
6 Allegro – [6’40]
7 Andante sostenuto [6’42]
8 Allegro guerriero [8’39]
Jack Liebeck violin
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins conductor