Bruch - Violin Concerto No.3, Scottish Fantasy
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Label: Hyperion - Romantic Violin Concertos
Cat No: CDA68050
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 29th September 2014
ArtistsJack Liebeck (violin)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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.
1Bruch: Violin Concerto #3 In D Minor, Op. 58 - 1. Allegro Energico
2Bruch: Violin Concerto #3 In D Minor, Op. 58 - 2. Adagio
3Bruch: Violin Concerto #3 In D Minor, Op. 58 - 3. Allegro Molto
4Bruch: Scottish Fantasy In E Flat Major, Op. 46 - 1. Introduction: Grave
5Bruch: Scottish Fantasy In E Flat Major, Op. 46 - 2. Adagio Cantabile
6Bruch: Scottish Fantasy In E Flat Major, Op. 46 - 3. Allegro
7Bruch: Scottish Fantasy In E Flat Major, Op. 46 - 4. Andante Sostenuto
8Bruch: Scottish Fantasy In E Flat Major, Op. 46 - 5. Allegro Guerriero
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