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BLOCH, E.: America / Concerto Grosso No. 1 (Michaelian, Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)


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BLOCH, E.: America / Concerto Grosso No. 1 (Michaelian, Seattle Symphony, Schwarz)

Swiss-born Bloch, a pupil of Eugène Ysaÿe, emigrated to the United States in 1916. Written in 1926, two years after Bloch had become an American citizen, America: An Epic Rhapsody, is the composer’s tribute to his adopted country. This romantic and patriotic score vividly surveys the history of the US from the native American melodies of pre-colonial days to the modern era of 1920s jazz and beyond. The Concerto Grosso No 1 is a bold statement which unites the eighteenth-century concerto grosso form with a modern tonal language.

Bloch, Ernest
Whitman, Walt, lyricist(s)

  America: an Epic Rhapsody
1.   I. 1620: The Soil - The Indians - (England) - The Mayflower - The Landing of the Pilgrims 00:15:13
2.   II. 1861 - 1865: Hours of Joy - Hours of Sorrow 00:12:19
3.   III. 1926: The Present - The Future (Anthem) 00:11:57

Bloch, Ernest

  Concerto Grosso No. 1
4.   I. Prelude: Allegro energico e pesante 00:02:58
5.   II. Dirge: Andante moderato 00:07:00
6.   III. Pastorale and Rustic Dances 00:06:27
7.   IV. Fugue 00:06:03

Total Playing Time: 01:01:57

Bloch, Ernest

Whitman, Walt

Schwarz, Gerard

Seattle Symphony Orchestra

Seattle Symphony Chorale

Michaelian, Patricia

Label: Naxos

Genre: Choral - Secular; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.572743

Barcode: 747313274376

Physical Release: 04/2012

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