Kol Nidrei
Max Bruch

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The second of 4 entries for Bruch in the Ultimate Hall of Fame. This has appeared in every Hall of Fame chart apart from in 2003, despite reaching its highest ever position of 133 just 2 years earlier.

Max Bruch's warm and richly evocative work for cello and orchestra was one of the first pieces he set about composing when he took up his post as principal conductor of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. It was composed specifically for Liverpool's Jewish community, taking as its inspiration two traditional hebrew melodies. The first, heard at the outset, originates from the traditional Jewish service on the night of Yom Kippur; the second is an extract from a musical setting of the Byron poem Those that Wept on Babel's stream.

Jews Praying in the Synagogue on Yom Kippur by Maurycy Gottlieb (1878).