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Bruch: Swedish & Russian Dances [CD]

SWR Rundfunkorcheste Kaiserslautern , Albert , Bruch Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Albert
  • Composer: Bruch
  • Audio CD (2 Mar 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cpo
  • ASIN: B001MLVLAO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,944 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Suite on Russian Themes, Op. 79b: I. Andante sostenutoSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra 2:46£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Suite on Russian Themes, Op. 79b: II. Adagio, ma non troppo lento - III. VivaceSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra 4:10£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Suite on Russian Themes, Op. 79b: IV. Dance: Vivace ma non troppoSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra 3:10£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Suite on Russian Themes, Op. 79b: V. Adagio sostenutoSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra0:47£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Suite on Russian Themes, Op. 79b: VI. Funeral March: Andante sostenutoSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra 5:00£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Suite on Russian Themes, Op. 79b: VII. Allegro energico, ma non troppoSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra 3:20£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Serenade nach schwedischen Melodien: I. March: Allegro moderatoSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra 2:04£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Serenade nach schwedischen Melodien: II. AndanteSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra 5:37£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Serenade nach schwedischen Melodien: III. AllegroSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra 2:30£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Serenade nach schwedischen Melodien: IV. Andante sostenutoSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra 3:33£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Serenade nach schwedischen Melodien: V. March: Allegro moderatoSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra 1:45£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Schwedische Tanze (Swedish Dances) Suite No. 1, Op. 63: I. Introduction: LentoSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra0:41£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Schwedische Tanze (Swedish Dances) Suite No. 1, Op. 63: II. Andante assaiSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra 1:30£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Schwedische Tanze (Swedish Dances) Suite No. 1, Op. 63: III. Andante tranquilloSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra 1:22£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Schwedische Tanze (Swedish Dances) Suite No. 1, Op. 63: IV. Allegro non troppoSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra 1:28£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Schwedische Tanze (Swedish Dances) Suite No. 1, Op. 63: V. Langsam, nicht schleppendSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra 1:34£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Schwedische Tanze (Swedish Dances) Suite No. 1, Op. 63: VI. PrestoSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra 1:11£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Schwedische Tanze (Swedish Dances) Suite No. 1, Op. 63: VII. Adagio con espressioneSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra 2:40£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Schwedische Tanze (Swedish Dances) Suite No. 1, Op. 63: VIII. VivaceSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra 1:05£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Schwedische Tanze (Swedish Dances) Suite No. 2, Op. 63: I. Andante assaiSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra 1:44£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Schwedische Tanze (Swedish Dances) Suite No. 2, Op. 63: II. VivaceSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra0:57£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Schwedische Tanze (Swedish Dances) Suite No. 2, Op. 63: III. Allegro non troppoSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra 1:03£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Schwedische Tanze (Swedish Dances) Suite No. 2, Op. 63: IV. Andante assaiSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra 1:41£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Schwedische Tanze (Swedish Dances) Suite No. 2, Op. 63: V. Adagio non troppoSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra 2:12£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Schwedische Tanze (Swedish Dances) Suite No. 2, Op. 63: VI. Andante assaiSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra0:36£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Schwedische Tanze (Swedish Dances) Suite No. 2, Op. 63: VII. Andante tranquilloSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra 2:11£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Schwedische Tanze (Swedish Dances) Suite No. 2, Op. 63: VIII. Andante AssaiSouth West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra 1:31£0.59  Buy MP3 


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very worth while discovery! 27 July 2010
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Max Bruch's music is a bit of a curate's egg. As the verbose Eckard van den Hoogen in the booklet essay laboriously points out, in many of Bruch's works the pedestrian and the inspired can be found rubbing shoulders. Bruch very often tried too hard to make an impression (there is a delightful quote from Brahms who, when Bruch proudly showed him his oratorio "Odysseus", merely remarked "my dear Bruch, where DID you get that beautiful score paper?". Bruch's reaction is not recorded) and his swagger, like his obnoxious remark that as a composer for the violin he had virtually no equal, put many people's backs up. Bruch has been lucky in a sense that, while all his other works sunk into obscurity almost the moment he died, his first violin concerto has remained firmly in the repertoire. Recordings of his three symphonies are rare and far between, of his oratorio only Mozes and Das Lied von der Glocke are available the rest of his huge output is still resting in obscurity. CPO have recently issued the string quartets, the octet, Das Lied von der Glocke and this CD, which is a delight from start to finish. The disc contains two suites of Swedish dances for orchestra, a serenade of Swedish melodies for string orchestra and a suite of Russian folk melodies for large orchestra. The Russian melodies are extravagantly beautiful, the broadly scored opening really grabs you by the throat, the funeral march almost gives Mahler a run for his money and the rousing finale is, well, rousing. The Swedish melodies for string orchestra are very well done too, beautiful, haunting melodies, very well scored. The Swedish dances are perhaps slightly less inspired, but make for pleasurable listening nonetheless. The orchestra under veteran W.A. Albert turns in very fine performances and recorded sound is excellent. Read more ›
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Max Bruch is one of those unfortunate composers, who only seem to be known for a small proportion of their overall musical output. By far best known for his 1st Violin Concerto, which is a fine work that is justly popular - the problem is, you rarely hear anything else by Bruch.
Like many other composers, Max Bruch used folk melodies from around the world, as a basis for orchestral suites and was one of the finest exponents of this type of musical composition. His Scottish Fantasy and Adagio on Hebrew Melodies (otherwise known as Kol Nidrei), are good examples and are two of his best known works of this type. This disc Swedish and Russian Dances, has a slightly misleading title. There are four seperate suites of music, only two of which are titled as Swedish Dances (both op.63). The other two are titled - Suite after Russian Folk Songs and Serenade after Swedish Melodies. Once this is made clear, the music speaks for itself. Max Bruch puts his skills as an arranger of folk melodies, to great effect and all the Bruch hallmarks of meloncholy beauty and drama, that make his 1st Violin Concerto popular, are here. For me, what makes Max Bruch's music great to listen to, is the wide range of emotional and musical contrast. Sometimes it's beautifully melodic, sometimes heartfelt and tender, sometimes rousing, sometimes dark and turbulent, but its always musical and is never too demanding to listen to. I for one, always feel better after listening to Mak Bruch's music. I had not heard any of this music prior to buying this disc. Max bruch is a very under-rated composer. How much more of this talented mans music is too little often heard?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Should be better known 30 July 2013
By Tealady2000 VINE VOICE
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I discovered these delightful Bruch dance suites thanks to my son, who is studying three of the Swedish dances for a music exam. I can see that others have provided detailed reviews of the content so I will not duplicate their contributions - suffice it to say that this is an excellent recording of a wonderful series of pieces with many delightful contrasts. I have absolutely no idea why these works are not better known.
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Max Bruch is best known for his outstanding 1st. Violin Concerto but he composed a number of beautiful concertos and orchestral masterpieces with which many lovers of Romantic music are only just becoming familiar. This CD contains a number of orchestral gems.

Tracks 1-6 Suite after Russian Folk Melodies
Tracks 7-11 Serenade after Swedish Melodies
Tracks 12-19 Swedish Dances suite I
Tracks 20-27 Swedish Dances suite 2

The opening to the Russian Folk Melodies is particularly impressive with wonderful woodwind sounds preceding the introduction of the harp. Melodies 4 and 5 are also memorable and I am sure everyone will identify The Volga Boatmen is this loud and vigorous set of variations on track 6.

The serenade of Swedish Melodies is generally of slower tempo with many Bruchian orchestral subtleties, though perhaps less memorable than the Russian Folk Melodies.

The two dance suites are very pleasant, in places reminding one of the slower tempo dances in Dvorak's Slavonic Dance Suites. The last dance of the first suite (Track 19) and the sixth dance of suite 2 (track 25) are, for me, the most pleasing.

The whole CD benefits from several listenings to become familiar with the subtle developments and repetitions.

A sympathetic interpretation and for the most part an excellent recording, although Track 6 sounds a touch overdriven and, in places, a little strident. However these are minor criticisms of a CD with some of Bruch's more exquisite orchestral pearls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Max Bruch - Swedish and Russian Dances, by Werner Andreas Albert 6 Mar 2009
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I bought this album primarily for the 2 sets of Swedish Dances Op.63 - I didn't expect much from this disc besides mildly enjoyable music, but I was blown away - I must have played it 6 times in a row.

The album starts with a Suite after Russian folksongs for orchestra, and it is superb. It is not complicated or highly virtuosic music, but it so enjoyable and entertaining it keeps your interest throughout. Then comes a Serenade on Swedish melodies for strings, and it is incomprehensible to me why more string ensembles don't play this gem more often. The album closes with the Swedish Dances, and they are as well played as the rest of the disc.

The players sound like they had fun playing this, just as you will listening to it. It is worthy of standing next to Brahms' Hungarian, Dvorak's Slavonic and Grieg's Norwegian Dances. If you like those, you will love this.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very worth while discovery! 27 July 2010
By JJA Kiefte - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Max Bruch's music is a bit of a curate's egg. As the verbose Eckard van den Hoogen in the booklet essay laboriously points out, in many of Bruch's works the pedestrian and the inspired can be found rubbing shoulders. Bruch very often tried too hard to make an impression (there is a delightful quote from Brahms who, when Bruch proudly showed him his oratorio "Odysseus", merely remarked "my dear Bruch, where DID you get that beautiful score paper?". Bruch's reaction is not recorded) and his swagger, like his obnoxious remark that as a composer for the violin he had virtually no equal, put many people's backs up. Bruch has been lucky in a sense that, while all his other works sunk into obscurity almost the moment he died, his first violin concerto has remained firmly in the repertoire. Recordings of his three symphonies are rare and far between, of his oratorio only Mozes and Das Lied von der Glocke are available the rest of his huge output is still resting in obscurity. CPO have recently issued the string quartets, the octet, Das Lied von der Glocke and this CD, which is a delight from start to finish. The disc contains two suites of Swedish dances for orchestra, a serenade of Swedish melodies for string orchestra and a suite of Russian folk melodies for large orchestra. The Russian melodies are extravagantly beautiful, the broadly scored opening really grabs you by the throat, the funeral march almost gives Mahler a run for his money and the rousing finale is, well, rousing. The Swedish melodies for string orchestra are very well done too, beautiful, haunting melodies, very well scored. The Swedish dances are perhaps slightly less inspired, but make for pleasurable listening nonetheless. The orchestra under veteran W.A. Albert turns in very fine performances and recorded sound is excellent. The attractive booklet art work, while perhaps not the reason to buy or not buy a CD, is also one of the strong points of CPO (the major labels could learn a thing or two from them in this department too!). Well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Max Bruch: Swedish & Russian Dances 17 April 2011
By Laura E. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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The orchestra I am a member of performed Bruch's Swedish Dances 1-7 recently, and I was became so fond of the music, I wanted a professional recording for my own music library. This is an excellent rendition and one I would recommend to both amateur and professional listeners
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