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What do Max Bruch and Edward Elgar have in common? / CLASSICAL CLASSROOM

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Billboard chart-topping Rachel Barton Pine debuted Elgar & Bruch Violin Concertos, recorded with Maestro Andrew Litton and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The album which marked the violinist's 36th recording and fourth album on Avie records, dedicates the recording to "the memory of a musical hero and generous friend, Sir Neville Marriner." After collaborating with Sir Neville on her album of Mozart Concertos, Pine and Sir Neville planned to reunite on this Elgar Bruch recording. After working with Pine, Sir Neville said, "She is one of the most honest of violin players I have ever heard... there is no utter embellishment, everything is there for a purpose, and musically speaking, it makes such good sense."

On this edition of CLASSICAL CLASSROOM, RBP talks about the two composers and their very different violin concertos. Discussed herein: Did Edward Elgar invent Post It Notes? How is Max Bruch like Milli Vanilli and Iron Maiden? Who was the mystery woman to whom Elgar dedicated his violin concerto (hint: it wasn't his wife!)? And so much more.

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