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BLOCH: Violin Concerto / Baal Shem / Suite hebraique


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Ever Upwards, Ever Outwards: José Serebrier talks to Jeremy Siepmann

BLOCH: Violin Concerto / Baal Shem / Suite hebraique

A precocious violin talent, Bloch left home at the age of seventeen to study with the illustrious Belgian violinist and composer Eugène Ysaÿe, who regognised his pupil's extraordinary creative potential and persuaded him to pursue composition. Bloch's Violin Cocnerto, 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 hébraïque, 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'.

Bloch, Ernest

  Violin Concerto
1.   I. Allegro deciso 00:20:09
2.   II. Andante 00:06:11
3.   III. Deciso 00:12:00
  Baal Shem
4.   No. 1. Vidui (Contrition) 00:03:15
5.   No. 2. Nigun (Improvisation) 00:06:27
6.   No. 3. Simchat torah (Rejoicing) 00:04:53
  Suite hebraique (Hebrew Suite)
7.   I. Rapsodie 00:06:40
8.   II. Processional 00:02:30
9.   III. Affirmation 00:03:56

Total Playing Time: 01:06:01

Bloch, Ernest

Serebrier, José

Royal Scottish National Orchestra

Schiff, Zina

Label: Naxos

Genre: Concerto; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.557757

Barcode: 0747313275724

Physical Release: 10/2007

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