Romanze in F Major for Viola and Piano, Op.85
Max Bruch's Romanze dates from 1911. Despite the fact that he was 73, Bruch was clearly at the height of his create powers as this work demonstrates. It was originally for viola and orchestra, however, its great popularity, led to the composer, at the publisher's demand, to arrange it for viola and piano. Its gorgeous melodies. lyricism and drama make it a superb recital work.
Max Bruch (1838-1920) enjoyed a long and fruitful career as a composer, conductor and teacher. He studied with Ferdinand Hiller and his talent was recognized early on by Schumann and Ignaz Moscheles. Today, Bruch is primarily remembered for his fine violin concertos and his choral works. However, as the esteemed chamber music scholar Wilhelm Altmann notes, Bruch's chamber music is beautiful and deserving of performance.