Classical Review: Violinist Cooper gets to heart of Bruch's masterpiece

Essential Classics. RTE Concert Orchestra. National Concert Hall. Reviewed by Dick O'Riordan.

5th October, 2014
Mia Cooper, lead violinist with the RTE Concert Orchestra.

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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