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Adolf Busch plays Bach and Beethoven in Wartime New York

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 1 in G major, Op. 40
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in F major, Op. 50
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Notes & Reviews:

Adolf Busch had been one of the highly celebrated violinists and greatly admired exponent of the Beethoven Concerto in Europe before WWII, but had never recorded it prior to his emigration to the US in 1939. When the Busch brothers performed in 1942, Adolf Busch was palpably nervous as noted by two critics. He was certainly in excellent form the following day: the CBS network broadcast was taken down by at least two home recordists and one of those documents is here released for the first time. It makes an admirable corrective to the official Columbia recording, made the next day at Liederkranz Hall, which Busch rejected. The live performance here, however, is everything one might expect. The fillers include a Bach Concerto (in A minor) never commercially recorded by Busch.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin in D minor, BWV 1052
  • Performer: Adolf Busch (Violin)
  • Conductor: Adolf Busch
  • Ensemble: Busch Chamber Players
  • Running Time: 16 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1730
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Concerto for Violin in D major, Op. 61
  • Performer: Adolf Busch (Violin)
  • Conductor: Fritz Busch
  • Ensemble: Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 40 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1806
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 1 in G major, Op. 40
  • Performer: Adolf Busch (Violin)
  • Conductor: Alfred Wallenstein
  • Ensemble: WOR Radio Orchestra, New York
  • Running Time: 6 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: circa 1801
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Romance for Violin and Orchestra no 2 in F major, Op. 50
  • Performer: Adolf Busch (Violin)
  • Conductor: Alfred Wallenstein
  • Ensemble: WOR Radio Orchestra, New York
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1802
  • Studio/Live: Live