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ERNEST BLOCH

Ernest Bloch was one of the most interesting, inventive and successful composers, recognised and appreciated during his lifetime as a successor to Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms. While these three giants developed and established their own definite style within their own respective historical period, Bloch was unique. He was a wanderer and explorer, caring nothing for the fashions of the time. He possessed the supreme qualities of a great creator in each of the varied styles in which he wrote throughout his whole life.

Music was Bloch’s most authentic language for the expression of his individuality, ideas, philosophy, profound intellect, truthfulness and ethnicity, all perfectly balanced. At the same time he carried within himself and passed on his feelings of Weltschmertz, love and hope.

For several years during World War II he wrote nothing, but found his salvation in JS Bach. In his later compositions he returned to modality and polyphony, whether modern or conventional. After his death, Bloch became internationally famous, but known to the new generation only for several compositions in his Jewish style, in particular his Suite hébraïque (Hebrew Suite) for viola or violin and orchestra, Baal Shem for violin and piano, later orchestrated, and Schelomo for cello and orchestra. His Concerto Grosso No 1 and Concerto Grosso No 2 represent another, neo-classical aspect of Bloch’s music. It is baffling, almost 50 years after his death, that most of his works should have remained hidden from the present-day generation. The challenge now for performers and listeners is to understand Bloch’s multiple styles, and the secret of its correct interpretation.

Ernest Bloch was born in Switzerland and later took out American citizenship, serving as director of the Cleveland Institute from 1920 to 1925 and later of the San Francisco Conservatory.

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
A TO Z OF STRING PLAYERS Naxos Educational
8.558081-84
Chamber Music
BERNSTEIN, L.: Serenade / BLOCH, E.: Baal Shem / BARBER, S.: Violin Concerto (Gluzman, Sao Paulo Symphony, Neschling) BIS
BIS-SACD-1662
Orchestral
BLOCH, E.: America / Concerto Grosso No. 1 (Michaelian, Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Naxos
8.572743
Choral - Secular, Orchestral
BLOCH, E.: Hiver-Printemps / Poemes d'automne / Prelude and 2 Psalms / In the Night / Psalm 22 (Delunsch, Balleys, Le Texier) Timpani
1C1149
Vocal, Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral, Vocal
BLOCH, E.: Hiver-Printemps / Proclamation / Poems of Autumn / Suite (Koch) Capriccio
C67076
Orchestral, Vocal, Concertos
BLOCH, E.: Israel / Suite for Viola and Orchestra (Gandelsman, Atlas Camerata Orchestra, Slovak Radio Symphony, Atlas) Naxos
8.573283
Concertos, Orchestral
BLOCH, E.: Macbeth [Opera] Capriccio
C10889-90
Opera
BLOCH, E.: Poems of the Sea / Violin Concerto / Voice in the Wilderness (Bollon, Jurowski) Capriccio
C67071
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
BLOCH, E.: Prayer / Schelomo / KOTOVA, N.: Cello Concerto / BRUCH, M.: Kol nidrei (Kotova, Russian Philharmonia, Orbelian) Delos
DE3305
Orchestral
BLOCH, E.: Prelude and 2 Psalms / Suite hebraique / Baal shem / 3 Jewish Poems (Sloane) Capriccio
C5001
Orchestral, Vocal, Orchestral
BLOCH, E.: Schelomo / BRIDGE, F.: Oration / HOUGH, S.: The Loneliest Wilderness (In the Shadow of War) (Isserlis, Wolff, Takacs-Nagy) BIS
BIS-1992
Orchestral
BLOCH, E.: String Quartet No. 1 (Roth Quartet) (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80986
Chamber Music
BLOCH, E.: Suite for Viola and Orchestra / Baal Shem / Suite hebraique (Hong-Mei Xiao, Budapest Symphony MAV, Smolij) Naxos
8.570829
Concertos, Orchestral
BLOCH, E.: Symphony in C-Sharp Minor / Poems of the Sea (London Symphony, Atlas) Naxos
8.573241
Orchestral
BLOCH, E.: Symphony in E-Flat Major / Macbeth: 2 Interludes / 3 Jewish Poems / In Memoriam (Royal Philharmonic, Atlas) Naxos
8.573290
Orchestral
BLOCH, E.: Violin and Piano Music (Complete) (Honda-Rosenberg, Arad) Oehms Classics
OC113
Instrumental, Chamber Music
BLOCH, E.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 (Druian) (1957) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80227
Chamber Music
BLOCH: 4 Episodes / 2 Poems / Concertino / Suite Modale Naxos
8.570259
Chamber Music, Orchestral, Concertos
BLOCH: America / Suite Hebraique Naxos
8.557151
Choral - Secular, Orchestral
BLOCH: Piano Sonata / Visions and Prophecies / Ex-voto / Dans sacree Marco Polo
8.223289
Instrumental
BLOCH: Poems of the Sea / Nirvana / In the Night / Enfantines Marco Polo
8.223288
Instrumental
BLOCH: String Quartet No. 2 (Griller String Quartet) (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80090
Chamber Music
BLOCH: Symphony / Evocations / 3 Jewish Poems BIS
BIS-CD-1183
Orchestral
BLOCH: Symphony in C-Sharp Minor Marco Polo
8.223103
Orchestral
BLOCH: Symphony in C-Sharp Minor / Schelomo BIS
BIS-CD-576
Orchestral
BLOCH: Violin Concerto / Baal Shem / Suite hebraique Naxos
8.557757
Concertos, Orchestral
BLOCH: Violin Concerto / Suite Symphonique / Poems of the Sea BIS
BIS-CD-639
Orchestral, Concertos, Orchestral
BLOCH: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / Suite hebraique Naxos
8.554460
Chamber Music
Cello Recital: Samis, Michael - REINECKE, C. / TAVENER, J. / SCHUMANN, R. / BLOCH, E. / GOLIJOV, O. Delos
DE3446
Instrumental
CHRISTMAS and HANUKAH: I'll Be Home for the Holidays Naxos
8.554714
Chamber Music
Double Bass and Piano Recital: Sciascia, Stefano / Leonardi, David Giovanni - MASSENET, J. / FAURÉ, G. / POULENC, P. / ROSSINI, G. (Élégie) Newton Classics
NC8802214
Chamber Music
Double Bass Recital: Sciascia, Stefano - CASALS, P. / OKANO, T. / UTSUMI, Y. / COSTA, P.M. / CAROLAN, T. (Songs of the World) Newton Classics
NC8802135
Chamber Music
LYRIC ORCHESTRAL SONGS Capriccio
C5101
Vocal
Marco Polo - The Label of Discovery: Sampler 1 Marco Polo
8.223001
Orchestral
MENDELSSOHN, Felix: Cello Sonata No. 2 / BEN-HAIM, P.: Songs without Words (The Cantorial Voice of the Cello) (Bloemendal, Diaz, Mark, Tryon) Dorian Sono Luminus
DOR-90208
Chamber Music
PROKOFIEV / BLOCH: Violin Concertos (Szigeti) (1935, 1939) Naxos Historical
8.110973
Concertos
SCHOENBERG, A.: Kol Nidre / BERNSTEIN, L.: Halil / BLOCH, E.: Baal Shem / ZEISL, E.: Requiem Ebraico (Remembrance) (Sao Paulo Symphony, Neschling) BIS
BIS-CD-1650
Orchestral
SEA IN MUSIC (THE) Naxos
8.578269-70
Instrumental
SEROCKI / SANDSTROM: Trombone Concertos BIS
BIS-CD-538
Orchestral
TCHAIKOVSKY: Variations on a Rococo Theme / BRUCH: Kol Nidrei / BLOCH: Schelomo Naxos
8.550519
Orchestral
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE STRING ORCHESTRA: Collage Altissimo
75442270962
Orchestral
VIERNE, L.: Spleens et detresses / ROPARTZ, J.-G.: Le pays / BLOCH, E.: Prelude and 2 Psalms (Delunsch, Ragon, Lallouette) Timpani
1C1100
Vocal
Violin Recital: Eichhorn, Friedemann - GERSHWIN, G. / KROLL, W. / FOSTER, S. / VIEUXTEMPS, H. / KORNGOLD, E.W. (Souvenir d'Amerique) Oehms Classics
OC861
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Gluzman, Vadim - WIENIAWSKI, H. / RAVEL, M. / BLOCH, E. / CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M. / RIES, F. / ROTA, N. (Fireworks) BIS
BIS-SACD-1652
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Korcsolan, Orsolya - LAVRY, M. / BLOCH, E. / PERLMAN, G. / CHAJES, J. ./ GOLDFADEN, A. / BONIME, J. / SAMINSKY, L. (Mosaic) Solo Musica
SM150
Chamber Music
WEINER, L.: Concerto / SCHULHOFF, E.: Double Concerto for Flute and Piano (Zehnder, Radic, Aroutunian, Capella Istropolitana) ArcoDiva
UP0053-2
Concertos
WOLF-FERRARI: Sinfonia da Camera / STRAUSS-SCHOENBERG: Kaiserwalzer / BLOCH: 4 Episodes Marco Polo
8.223868
Orchestral

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