Bruch 1st and 2nd Concerto difficulty?
I'm in a dilemma. For my next year's final violin exam I have to choose a concerto for my repertoire. My professor suggested Bruch's 1st concerto, but I took a liking to the 2nd one more. When I proposed that that I'd like to play the 2nd, they said it's more difficult, but looking at the sheet music, I think they are quite similar in the technical ability required.
Am I wrong? Which concerto would you say is more technically (and also musically) more demanding?
Bruch 2 is definitely more difficult than Bruch 1.
I really enjoy Bruch 2 more than the first. They're all pretty decent
It's very important to clarify whether you're to choose and perform a whole concerto or just the first movement. I've heard the last movement of Bruch 1 is a beast. (Same for Lalo.)
Thank you all very much for the answers!
As Mary Ellen already noted, the 2nd Concerto is much more technically challenging, especially in the 2nd and 3rd movements.
Paul, I would say that the more interesting name of the two was the one Anastasija's parents did NOT choose! However, the "j" in the spelling would seem to preclude familial connections with what one would find in history books.
Just found out there is even a 3rd Bruch concerto!
I assume that the “j” in the spelling is simply a different transliteration from the Cyrillic alphabet.
Probably, Mary Ellen, but not one I think a Russian would adopt - The influence of French on that culture was too great. OP could be of Latvian, Serbian, Macedonian, or similar extraction (not Polish, in which the surname would be spelled with a "w"), which would preclude traceable links with the Russian royal family.
Bruch 2 is a dramatic, rewarding concerto with many opportunities for lyricism and virtuosity, and is decidedly tougher than the g minor. I’ve only played the d minor in public a handful of times, and was thrilled when David Russell and Linda Cerone suggested it to me for the summer of 2005 at the Encore School for Strings. Ten years after I played it there, I was grateful to play it in Ohio, Minnesota, and Colorado. The opening of the finale with its irregular phrases is a potential memory trap...be careful!