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Finally, Fedotov offers the aptly titled Romance in A minor, Op 42 (1874) [listen -- track 6, 8:16-10:04]; the longest movement in this programme.

The Fedotov-Yablonsky-RuPO team couples Bruch's Scottish Fantasy (1880) and the Serenade in A minor Op 75 (1900) on a companion Naxos release (8.557395).

For my part I'd skip these fillers and choose Lin's hour-long CBS disc with its unsurpassed account of the first concerto -- when all is said and done, the Taiwanese-American, Leonard Slatkin and CSO are in an altogether different class than Fedotov-Yablonsky.

Failing that I'd track down a magisterial (budget price) Vox CD with the G minor Concerto, Scottish Fantasy and Romance -- absorbing, legendary soloist -- Aaron Rosand -- is supported by the North German Radio Symphony Orchestra.

-- Other Bruch works are Concerto No 2 in D minor, Op 44 (1878); Concerto No 3 in D minor Op 58 (1891); Adagio appassionata Op 57; Schwedische Tanze Op 63 No 2; and In Memoriam Op 65.

Copyright © 12 February 2007 Howard Smith, Masterton, New Zealand


Bruch: Violin Concerto No 1; Konzertstück; Romance

8.557689 DDD Stereo FIRST RELEASE 53'27" 2006 Naxos Rights International Ltd

Maxim Fedotov, violin; Russian Philharmonic Orchestra; Dmitry Yablonsky, conductor

Max Bruch (1838-1920): Violin Concerto No 1 in G minor Op 26 (1864-8) (Vorspiel: Allegro moderato - Adagio; Finale: Allegro energico); Konzertstück Op 84 (completed 1910) (Allegro appassionato - Adagio, ma non troppo lento); Romance Op 42 (1874)


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