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Bloch: Schelomo; Bruch: Kol Nidrei / Harnoy, Mackerras


Release Date: 08/30/2007 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 60757   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ernest BlochMax Bruch
Performer:  Ofra Harnoy
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ofra Harnoy has caught a deal of unreasonable flak from certain quarters for herself ornamenting record front covers rather seductively. On this one she looks pensively over the bridge of her cello and no one could deny she is glamorous. But she is also a fine cellist and sustains this collection of rather sombre concertante works with some distinction.

She opens Bloch's Schelomo imaginatively and immediately creates the improvisatory response to its changing moods and colour that is essential in this piece. Mackerras is obviously strongly involved, and I have not heard the work's big, climactic orchestral tutti played with more passion. Again in the Kol Nidrei, with its noble Hebrew theme very sensitively shaped, the
Read more ruminative style is thoughtfully spontaneous, and the character of the music is so indelibly conveyed that it is difficult to believe that Bruch was not Jewish.

The Adagio on Celtic Themes has something in common with the Scottish Fantasia for violin and orchestra, and the performance here fully reveals its charm; again Mackerras's introduction has considerable fervour. Bruch's Ave Maria, although it has a firm melodic cantilena, brings more variety than the usual setting, and the cello is able to embroider the tune, before the hushed recapitulation, which is very gentle and tender. Excellent sound, made in Watford Town Hall: the climax of Schelomo (which is heavily scored) is as spectacular as any on record.

-- Ivan March, Gramophone [12/1991]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Schelomo by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Ofra Harnoy (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1916; USA 
Length: 20 Minutes 57 Secs. 
2.
Kol Nidrei for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 47 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Ofra Harnoy (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Liverpool, England 
Length: 11 Minutes 57 Secs. 
3.
Canzone for Cello and Orchestra in B flat major, Op. 55 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Ofra Harnoy (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 7 Secs. 
4.
Adagio on Celtic themes for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 56 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Ofra Harnoy (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891; Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5.
Ave Maria for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 61 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Ofra Harnoy (Cello)
Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 13 Secs. 

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