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Why Is Bruch's first violin concerto loved by young violinists? / WRTI

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Max Bruch's first violin concerto, composed in 1866, has the right mix of passion and intimacy to engage classical music newcomers in the 21st century. So says Soloist Rachel Barton Pine, who learned it when she was very young and continues to love it today.  You can hear Bruch's First Violin Concerto on WRTI, Sunday, October 28 at 1 pm, when soloist Joshua Bell joins The Philadelphia Orchestra in a concert of music recorded at Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center.

Bruch, who wrote his first violin concerto in 1866, probably never thought of it as child's play. But since she was very young, violinist Rachel Barton Pine has loved the concerto, which she learned when she was 8 years old.  "The Bruch or Mendelssohn is typically the first romantic, ‘grown-up concerto' you're given. For me. it was the Bruch. "

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