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BLOCH, E.: Suite for Viola and Orchestra / Baal Shem / Suite hebraique (Hong-Mei Xiao, Budapest Symphony MAV, Smolij)


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BLOCH, E.: Suite for Viola and Orchestra / Baal Shem / Suite hebraique (Hong-Mei Xiao, Budapest Symphony MAV, Smolij)

Although Ernest Bloch’s exploration of the ‘Jewish Soul’ focused on a cycle of seven works written between 1911 and 1916, he returned to Jewish themes throughout his life. Baal Shem explores Eastern European Hasidic traditions in all their expressive intensity in this version for viola and orchestra transcribed by soloist Hong-Mei Xiao. Bloch’s 1918 Coolidge Prize-winning Suite for Viola and Orchestra remains one of the twentieth century’s enduringly important works for the instrument, whilst the Suite hébraïque, written in his last decade, absorbs Jewish elements ever more fluently and subtly.

Bloch, Ernest
Xiao, Hong-Mei, arranger(s)

  Baal Shem (arr. Hong-Mei Xiao for viola and orchestra)
1.   No. 1. Vidui (Contrition) 00:03:23
2.   No. 2. Nigun (Improvisation) 00:06:41
3.   No. 3. Simchas Torah (Rejoicing in the Holy Scriptures) 00:04:47

Bloch, Ernest

  Suite for Viola and Orchestra
4.   I. Lento - Allegro - Moderato 00:13:31
5.   II. Allegro ironico 00:05:40
6.   III. Lento 00:05:26
7.   IV. Molto vivo 00:09:00
  Suite hebraique
8.   I. Rapsodie 00:06:29
9.   II. Processional: Andante con moto 00:02:21
10.   III. Affirmation: Maestoso 00:03:43

Total Playing Time: 01:01:01

Bloch, Ernest

Xiao, Hong-Mei

Smolij, Mariusz

Budapest Symphony Orchestra MAV

Xiao, Hong-Mei

Label: Naxos

Genre: Concertos; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.570829

Barcode: 747313082971

Physical Release: 06/2013

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