Violinist Rachel Barton Pine has just released her 36th album. She pairs violin concertos by Max Bruch and Sir Edward Elgar. These two pieces are the shortest (the Bruch is about 20 minutes) and longest (the Elgar is about 50 minutes) of violin concertos in the standard repertoire.
This is the first time an artist has put those two particular violin concertos on a single album. (Yehudi Menuin released them together on a reissue album, but the two recordings were made years apart.)
Pine dedicated the album to the late conductor Sir Neville Marriner. After a successful collaboration on a recording of the Mozart concertos, Pine and Marriner planned to record the Bruch and Elgar togther as well. Unfortunately, Marriner passed away before the recording could take place, and Andrew Litton graciously stepped in.