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ERNEST BLOCH  

(1880 - 1959)

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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A TO Z OF STRING PLAYERS Naxos Educational
8.558081-84
Chamber Music
ALL-STAR ORCHESTRA (THE): Program 15: British Enigmas / Program 16: Mysterious Mountain (G. Schwarz) (NTSC) Naxos
2.110562
Classical Concert
BARBER, S.: Capricorn Concerto / Adagio for Strings / SCHUMAN, W.: Symphony No. 5 / BLOCH, E.: From Jewish Life (1946-1950) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80366
Chamber Music
BLOCH, E.: America / Concerto Grosso No. 1 (Michaelian, Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Naxos
8.572743
Orchestral, Choral - Secular
BLOCH, E.: Concerti Grossi Nos. 1 and 2 / 4 Episodes (Zürich String Soloists, La Strimpellata Bern, Balkányi, Kuhn) Musiques Suisses
MGB-6157
Orchestral
BLOCH, E.: Concerto Grosso No. 1 / SCHUMAN, W.: Symphony No. 5, "Symphony for Strings" (Steinberg) (1952) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80155
Orchestral
BLOCH, E.: Concerto Grosso No. 2 / RICHTER, M.: Lament / ANTHEIL, G.: Serenade No. 1 (MGM String Orchestra, I. Solomon) (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80680
Orchestral
BLOCH, E.: Hiver-Printemps / Proclamation / Poems of Autumn / Suite (Koch) Capriccio
C67076
Orchestral, Vocal, Concerto
BLOCH, E.: Israel / Suite for Viola and Orchestra (Gandelsman, Atlas Camerata Orchestra, Slovak Radio Symphony, Atlas) Naxos
8.573283
Orchestral, Concerto
BLOCH, E.: Macbeth [Opera] Capriccio
C10889-90
Opera
BLOCH, E.: Piano and Orchestra Works (Jenny Lin, South West German Radio Kaiserslautern Orchestra, Stárek) SWR Classic
SWR19420CD
Concerto, Orchestral
BLOCH, E.: Piano Quintets Nos. 1 and 2 (H.J. Fink, Aura Quartet) Musiques Suisses
MGB-6203
Chamber Music
BLOCH, E.: Poems of the Sea / Violin Concerto / Voice in the Wilderness (Bollon, Jurowski) Capriccio
C67071
Orchestral, Concerto, Orchestral
BLOCH, E.: Prayer / Schelomo / KOTOVA, N.: Cello Concerto / BRUCH, M.: Kol nidrei (Kotova, Russian Philharmonia, Orbelian) Delos
DE3305
Concerto, Orchestral
BLOCH, E.: Prelude and 2 Psalms / Suite hebraique / Baal shem / 3 Jewish Poems (Sloane) Capriccio
C5001
Orchestral, Vocal
BLOCH, E.: Sacred Service (Sung in English) (Rothmuller, London Philharmonic, Bloch) (1949) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80799
Choral - Sacred
BLOCH, E.: Schelomo / Avodath an hakodesh (Filippini, Fardilha, Marzola, Radio Svizzera Choir, Lugano, Gruppo Vocale Cantemus, Vedernikov, Fasolis) Musiques Suisses
MGB-6230
Concerto, Choral - Sacred
BLOCH, E.: Schelomo / Suite for Viola and Orchestra (Varga, Katims, Westphalian Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Landau, Siegl) Turnabout
3037100472
Concerto
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
Orchestral, Concerto
BLOCH, E.: Suite for Viola and Piano / Suite hebraique / 2 Pieces (Primrose) (1956) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80649
Chamber Music
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.: Viola and Piano Music - Suite for Viola and Piano / Suite for Viola / Suite hébraïque / 2 Pieces (Neubauer, Garrett) Delos
DE3498
Chamber Music, Instrumental
BLOCH, E.: Violin and Piano Music (Complete) (Honda-Rosenberg, Arad) Oehms Classics
OC113
Instrumental, Chamber Music
BLOCH, E.: Violin Concerto / LEES, B.: Violin Concerto (Oliveira) Artek
AR-0042-2
Concerto
BLOCH, E.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 (Druian) (1957) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80227
Chamber Music
BLOCH, E.: Voice in the Wilderness / Schelomo (Nelsova, London Philharmonic, Ansermet) (1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80809
Concerto, Orchestral
BLOCH: 4 Episodes / 2 Poems / Concertino / Suite Modale Naxos
8.570259
Chamber Music, Orchestral, Concerto
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 in C-Sharp Minor Marco Polo
8.223103
Orchestral
BLOCH: Violin Concerto / Baal Shem / Suite hebraique Naxos
8.557757
Orchestral, Concerto
BLOCH: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 / Suite hebraique Naxos
8.554460
Chamber Music
Cello and Orchestral Music - SAINT-SAËNS, C. / DVOŘÁK, A. / BLOCH, E. / BRUCH, M. (Elegy) (Krijgh, Rhine Philharmonic State Orchestra, Gimeno) Capriccio
C5222
Concerto
Cello Recital: Samis, Michael - REINECKE, C. / TAVENER, J. / SCHUMANN, R. / BLOCH, E. / GOLIJOV, O. Delos
DE3446
Instrumental
Chamber Music (String Quartet) - SURINACH, C. / KORNGOLD, E.W. / BLOCH, E. (New World Composers from the Old World) (New World Quartet) Vox Box
CDX-5071
Chamber Music
CHRISTMAS and HANUKAH: I'll Be Home for the Holidays Naxos
8.554714
Chamber Music
GERINGAS, David / NEMTSOV, Jascha: Eli Zion - From St. Petersburg to Jerusalem SWR Classic
CD93.122
Chamber Music
HINDEMITH, P.: Symphonic Metamorphosis / BLOCH, E.: Concerto Grosso No. 1 (Schick, Chicago Symphony, Kubelik) (1951, 1953) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80864
Orchestral
JEWISH CHAMBER MUSIC SWR Classic
CD93.008
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
Piano Recital: Weber, Janice - SMETANA, B. / BORTKIEWICZ, S. / GUILLAUME, E. / ROWLEY, A. / SAUER, E. von / BLUMENFELD, F. (Seascapes) Dorian Sono Luminus
DSL-92188
Instrumental
PROKOFIEV / BLOCH: Violin Concertos (Szigeti) (1935, 1939) Naxos Historical
8.110973
Concerto
SEA IN MUSIC (THE) Naxos
8.578269-70
Instrumental
TCHAIKOVSKY: Variations on a Rococo Theme / BRUCH: Kol Nidrei / BLOCH: Schelomo Naxos
8.550519
Concerto
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE STRING ORCHESTRA: Collage Altissimo
75442270962
Orchestral
Viola Recital: Bianchi, Luigi Alberto - PAGANINI, N. / KREISLER, F. / SARASATE, P. (Paganini Gran Viola - Bianchi plays the 1595 Amati viola) Dynamic
CDS259
Chamber Music
Violin and Piano Music - PERLMAN, G. / HUBAY, J. / ACHRON, J. / BRAHMS, J. / BLOCH, E. / RAVEL, M. (Von ungarischer und judischer Seele) (Duo Edan) Gramola Records
Gramola98955
Chamber Music
Violin and Piano Recital: Koornhof, Piet / Schalkwyk, Albie van - DVOŘÁK, A. / TCHAIKOVSKY, P.I. / CHAUSSON, E. / SVENDSEN, J. (Violin Plus One) Delos
DE3577
Chamber Music
Violin Music - BRAHMS, J. / STRAUSS, R. / BLOCH, E. / BARTÓK, B. / SARASATE, P. de / SUK, J. / FUCHS, L. (Oliveira, W. Ponce, R. McDonald) Vox Box
CDX-5086
Chamber Music
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: Gitlis, Ivry - PAGANINI, N. / HINDEMITH, P. / BARTÓK, B. / BRAHMS, J. / DEBUSSY, C. (Original SWR Tapes 1962-1986 Remastered) SWR Classic
SWR19005CD
Chamber Music
Vocal Recital: Nadelmann, Noëmi - BLOCH, E. / BURKHARD, W. / HEGAR, F. / NADELMANN, L. / RINGGER, R.U. (Schweizer Lieder) Musiques Suisses
MGB-6265
Vocal
WEINER, L.: Concerto / SCHULHOFF, E.: Double Concerto for Flute and Piano (Zehnder, Radic, Aroutunian, Capella Istropolitana) ArcoDiva
UP0053-2
Concerto
WOLF-FERRARI: Sinfonia da Camera / STRAUSS-SCHOENBERG: Kaiserwalzer / BLOCH: 4 Episodes Marco Polo
8.223868
Orchestral
ZEMLINSKY, A.: Piano Trio, Op. 3 / BLOCH, E.: 3 Nocturnes / KORNGOLD, E.W.: Piano Trio, Op. 1 (Pacific Trio) Capriccio
C5221
Chamber Music
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