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BLOCH, Ernest: Violin Concerto / Suite Hebraque / Baal Shem / Abodah


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A precocious violin talent, Bloch left home at the age of seventeen to study with the illustrious Belgian violinist and composer, Eug?¿ne Ysa??e, who recognised his pupil's extraordinary creative potential and persuaded him to pursue composition. Bloch's Violin Concerto, an underrated rarity, is one of his most important works of the 1930s. Although Bloch attributed the major themes in the Concerto to American Indian songs heard on a visit to New Mexico, he also described the work as portraying 'the complex, glowing, agitated soul that I feel vibrating through the Bible'. The 'Suite h?¿bra?»que', which draws on traditional melodies to evoke a sense of nostalgia, and the exotic tryptich 'Baal Shem' (Three Pictures of Chassidic Life), are indelibly associated with Bloch's 'Jewish works'.
Facts
Item number 8557757
Barcode 747313275724
Release date 01/10/2007
Category 20TH CENTURY
Label Naxos Records
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Performers
Artists Zina Schiff
Composers Ernest Bloch
Conductors Jose Serebrier
Orchestras Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Producers Tim Oldham
Disc: 1
Suite hebraique (Hebrew Suite)
1 I. Allegro deciso
2 II. Andante
3 III. Deciso
4 No. 1. Vidui (Contrition)
5 No. 2. Nigun (Improvisation)
6 No. 3. Simhat torah (Rejoicing)
7 I. Rapsodie
8 II. Processional
9 III. Affirmation
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