Adolf Busch (1891–1952)

Adolf Busch is the unchallenged king among German violinists of the present century and the legitimate heir of Joseph Joachim as an exponent of the classical repertoire of the violin.

Adolf Busch died in America in 1952 at the age of sixty-one; he had never again seen his German homeland after leaving it as a protest against National Socialism in 1933. What set him apart from the other leading international players of his generation was his adherence to the German musical tradition, which was strengthened in him by his violin studies under Bram-Elderling. His early fame was founded on his unforgettable performances of the Beethoven Concerto; he also devoted his outstanding gifts to Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Schubert, Dvorák and Reger, whose Violin Concerto he played at its first performance. Little is known about his own works. He wrote orchestral works, a large-scale Violin Concerto and other pieces for his instrument, continuing the traditions of Brahms and Reger.

(from the booklet to the disc "Lieder großer Interpreten: Busoni, Busch u. a.", Deutsche Grammophon Gesellschaft, 1965)