Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor Op.26
Max Bruch


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The highest of Bruch's 4 entries in the Ultimate Hall of Fame, this held onto the top spot for the first 5 years of the chart. It slid to its lowest ever position of number 15 in the most recent countdown.

Despite having once topped the Classic FM Hall of Fame, the Finale from Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 has fallen from grace a little in the last few years. However it still remains one of the most popular and most beautiful of all violin concertos.

Often referred to as 'the Bruch Violin Concerto', it's easy to forget that the composer actually wrote three. The other two, though, have never equalled No. 1 in the popularity stakes; Bruch clearly set the bar a little too high for himself with this stunning debut with its dazzling, virtuosic passages and stomping tunes. Indeed, he remained frustrated about this for most of his life, feeling pigeon-holed as something of a one-hit wonder when he had, in fact, composed much more than this one piece alone.