Personalities | Joseph Joachim | Late Romantic | Classical

(Yo’-zef Yo’-a-khem) 1831–1907
German violinist

Joachim studied with Ferdinand David, leader of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, where he made his debut in 1843. After a spell as leader of the Court Orchestra in Weimar under Liszt (1850–51), he distanced himself from Liszt’s ‘New German School’ in favour of Brahms’ classicism. Appointed violinist to the king in Hanover (1852), he became great friends with Brahms, championing his music across Europe. He played Brahms’ Violin Concerto to great acclaim in 1852, gave the premieres of many of the chamber works with his Hanover Quartet, and conducted the premiere of Brahms’ First Symphony in England, where he received the honorary doctorate at Cambridge University. His playing was renowned for its singing quality and depth.

Recommended Recording:
Violin Concerto in Hungarian Style, op. 11, Aaron Rosand, Luxembourg Radio SO (cond) Louis de Froment (Vox)

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