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Bloch: Violin Sonatas No 1 & 2, Suite Hébraïque


Release Date: 02/22/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554460   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Miriam KramerSimon Over
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Swiss-American composer Ernest Bloch seems to be registering a renewal of interest: this is the third new CD entirely devoted to his music released within a month. It is also the most successful. Violinist Miriam Kramer displays a good balance between intensity of expression and textural precision. Her tone is both agreeable and profound, and her intonation adequately matches Bloch's frequent modal inflections and double-string chords. Pianist Simon Over plays with similar affection and care. Unfortunately, the comfortable recording puts him a bit too far in the background, and precious details are lost in the process. The program includes Bloch's two Sonatas for violin and piano. Both were composed in the 1920s and count among the Read more composer's most successful inspirations. The First opens with a violent, desperate Agitato movement whose dark mood is pacified in the subsequent mysterious Molto quieto and is finally healed by a folksy, buoyant Moderato. You can't but wonder why such a powerful masterpiece hasn't become part of every violinist's repertoire. The Second Sonata, subtitled Poème mystique, wanders through the same spiritual regions as the First, concentrating various moods and atmospheres in one continuous movement. The less ambitious Suite hébraïque and the two shorter works that complete the program are just as intensely played. Let's hope that the same performers will give us Baal Shem and Bloch's remaining works for violin and piano and violin solo. [1/12/2000]

--Luca Sabbatini, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Suite hébraïque by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Miriam Kramer (Violin), Simon Over (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
2. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 1 by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Miriam Kramer (Violin), Simon Over (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; USA 
3. Abodah by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Miriam Kramer (Violin), Simon Over (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; USA 
4. Melody for Violin and Piano by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Simon Over (Piano), Miriam Kramer (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929 
5. Sonata for Violin and Piano no 2 "Poème mystique" by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Miriam Kramer (Violin), Simon Over (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 

Sound Samples

Suite hebraique: Rapsodie
Suite hebraique: Processional
Suite hebraique: Affirmation
Violin Sonata No. 1: Agitato
Violin Sonata No. 1: Molto quieto
Violin Sonata No. 1: Moderato
Abodah: (A Yom Kippur Melody)
Melody
Violin Sonata No. 2, "Poeme Mystique": Violin Sonata No. 2 (Poeme mystique)

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