MAX BRUCH (1838-1920): Suite on Russian Folk Melodies, Op. 79b, Suite on Swedish Melodies, Op. posth., Swedish Dances, Op. 63, Suites Nos. 1 & 2.
Catalogue Number: 03K046
Reference: 777 385
Description: This new release usefully collects together Bruch's folk-music inspired compositions, some of which have been available in part or in whole on one or two occasions (sometimes on very hard to find labels) but which remain quite rare. The Russian set of 1903 made use of Balakirev's recently published folk song collection (which we recently offered on the Toccata Classics label) and is an orchestration of a violin/piano original (which also had some Swedish melodies). The Swedish Suite is a late work from 1916 which is quite eclipsed by the two sets of 15 Swedish Dances of 1892. It's astonishing that these are not as well known as collections by Brahms and Dvorák because they are quite as good. SWR Kaiserslautern Radio Orchestra; Werner Andreas Albert.