271 Violin Concerto No.2

A fall of 40 places for this, the 2nd of Bruch's 4 entries. Lowest place since 2007.

Surprisingly, despite his prolific output for the instrument, Bruch was by no means an accomplished violinist himself. Hard to believe when you listen to his glorious and ever popular Violin Concerto No.1. His Violin Concerto No.2 will always sit in its shadow.

That's not to say that No.2 is bereft of fine melodies, though. Far from it. The concerto, premiered in Crystal Palace in November 1877 with Pablo de Sarasate as the soloist, is powerful, expansive and deeply rewarding. Writing to a friend in March 1877, Bruch commented 'the principal ideas of the work are products of the enthusiasm which his indescribably perfect rendering of the first concerto aroused in me.'

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