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Not just the famous one!
on 11 July 2009
All three of Bruch's concerti for violin are melodically inspired and expertly put together. The very famous No.1 (in G minor) is justly celebrated as a core piece in the violin repertoire, but it's a pity that it so completely overshadows the others. On the evidence here, any composer would be justifiably proud of Nos. 2 & 3, packed as they are with brilliant bravura, melodic distinction and warmly melting writing for the solo instrument.
Salvatore Accardo was one of the most distinguished players of the mid to late 20th century. Recorded in 1977/8, this double CD captures him in his prime - full of passion, tenderness and pyrotechnical display, when called for. The set was remastered in 1998 and the sound is full-bodied and crystal clear. The great Gewandhaus Orchestra is in the hands of one of the German masters, Kurt Masur, and they accompany Accardo with gleaming warmth and nobility. A fantasitc bargain in every respect - and you also get the lovely Scottish Fantasia, plus the Serenade for Violin and Orchestra: in all, totalling 2hrs 37 mins of inspired music making.