Classical Review: Violinist Cooper gets to heart of Bruch's masterpiece
Essential Classics. RTE Concert Orchestra. National Concert Hall. Reviewed by Dick O'Riordan.
I was riled recently when I heard Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No 1 referred to on radio as “rather vulgar in its populism”. Populism and popularity are different things and a work of art can hardly be knocked for being universally loved.
Every concert-goer knows Bruch’s one-hit wonder is divinely inspired, one of the most beautiful pieces ever written for the violin – or anything else. Criticising it is like knocking the...
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