Souvenir de Florence Opus 70 (2) Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky Download 'Souvenir de Florence Opus 70 (2)' on iTunes
Max Bruch's lesser known works fail to fire up conductor Thomas Rösner and his Orchestre Symphonique Bienne
Repertoire: Kol Nidrei; Romance; Serenade on Swedish Folk Melodies, et al.
Artists: Alexandre da Costa (vln), Gilad Karni (vla), Orchestre Symphonique Bienne/Rösner
Label: Guild GMCD 7338
Is there much more to Max Bruch’s music than his deservedly much-loved Violin Concerto No.1? Only up to a point, on this evidence at least. Kol Nidrei, here recorded for the first time in its solo violin (rather than cello) version, is a soulful, tuneful and attractive work, much more strongly characterised than the rather anonymous Romance (viola and orchestra), Serenade (for strings), or early opera overture. Alexandre da Costa is a lustrous and engaging soloist; the Swiss orchestra, while always efficient, tends to sound less than inspired by what they’re playing – it’s hard to blame them.