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By the time Brahms began work on this marvelous violin concerto in 1878, he and Joseph Joachim had been friends for 25 years. One of the most outstanding musicians of the era, Joachim won fame as violinist, chamber musician, conductor, and composer. Like Brahms, he wore conservative musical colors. Both of them favored the Classical poise and purity of Beethoven, over the Romantic excess of such contemporary composers as Berlioz, Liszt and Wagner. With Joachim as soloist, and Brahms himself conducting, the concerto received its première in Leipzig, Germany on New Year’s Day, 1879.</p> <p>Vadim Gluzman’s extraordinary artistry brings to life the glorious violinistic tradition of the 19th and 20th centuries. Gluzman’s wide repertoire embraces new music and his performances are heard around the world through live broadcasts and a striking catalogue of award-winning recordings.