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Phil Muse
Audio Video Club of Atlanta, November 2014

…[Bloch’s] Symphony in E-flat major…is both a vividly colored, emotional work and an exercise in economy, deriving the greatest musical substance from its four movements and 25 minutes’ duration. Under Atlas’ baton, these opposed elements make for an exciting listening experience. © 2014 Audio Video Club of Atlanta Read complete review




Erik Levi
BBC Music Magazine, August 2014

…Bloch’s orchestration is opulent, but the oriental colouring and the passionate intensity of the orchestral climaxes…anticipate his best-known work, Schelomo.

Although there’s an element of nostalgia hovering over the slow movement of the Symphony in E flat…much of the music is austere, surprisingly chromatic and somewhat impersonal. Atlas delivers a softer-grained and more accessible approach to the score…the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra responds enthusiastically to Atlas’s conducting with playing of warmth and considerable finesse. © 2014 BBC Music Magazine



Brian Wilson
MusicWeb International, August 2014

I haven’t been keeping up with Naxos’s series of recordings of the music of Ernest Bloch but this latest release shows what I have been missing, though the music is amongst Bloch’s least known output.

As Paul Corfield Godfrey writes ‘This was always a superb release, and one is grateful to Naxos for reissuing it’…I’ll just add that the lossless version streamed from Qobuz sounds excellent…

If your knowledge of Bloch’s music begins and ends with Schelomo, this is the place to add to it. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Paul Corfield Godfrey
MusicWeb International, July 2014

The orchestra play superbly throughout in what must have been totally unfamiliar scores… Daria Atlas obviously knows the scores backwards…and succeeds in conveying her enthusiasm for the music at every possible opportunity. And the recording is rich and sonorous, just right for the rich orchestration of Bloch’s early period. This was always a superb release, and one is grateful to Naxos for reissuing it. One might be forgiven for hoping that there is more where this came from. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, July 2014

Hats off to Ms. Atlas and the Royal Philharmonic for giving us an important addition to the Bloch discography. The music bears your attention and reminds us that there indeed is more of worth in his 30-work orchestral output than just the few blockbusters we tend to hear repeatedly.

All those who already appreciate Bloch will I do not doubt learn to love these works on a few hearings. It is a significant addition and at the Naxos price, you get much more than your money’s worth! Recommended. © 2014 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review




Cinemusical
Cinemusical, June 2014

There are…some truly wonderful moments here that the orchestra rises to respond to along the way. The interpretations are the sort worthy of reflection and study as perhaps future generations add this repertoire to their catalogue. The present release will be a great way to further explore the work of this important 20th-Century Swiss composer. With the variety of pieces here, it may actually be the best starting place for those looking to further explore Bloch’s music. © 2014 Cinemusical Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2014

I recall giving a very enthusiastic review to these performances of rarely heard music by Ernest Bloch when they first appeared on the ASV label in the late 1990s. He was born into a Jewish family, and took American citizenship in the 1920s a decision that proved wise when he moved there to avoid the growth of fascism. Since then his music has been in and out of fashion, his epic opera, Macbeth, that occupied much of his younger years, never achieving much success. He extracted Two Symphonic Interludes, that point to the score’s curious mix of influences including Wagner, Debussy and Rimsky-Korsakov. At the other end of his life came the Symphony in E flat…the work starting out as Concerto Grosso, but changing identity as it progressed. Sometimes of a rather abstract nature, the music has its roots in a previous generation, and is at times nostalgic. The finale rather superimposes happiness, but ends in the sad tranquility of old age. That sadness continues In Memoriam…Finally Three Jewish Poems written while the thirty-three year old composer was in mourning for his father. The conductor, Dalia Atlas, is a leading figure in bringing Bloch back to public awareness, and here she has the RPO in fine form… © 2014 David’s Review Corner






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