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Bloch: Hebrew Suite, Schelomo, Violin Concerto / Ancerl

Release Date: 03/01/2000 
Label:  Supraphon   Catalog #: 3169   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ernest Bloch
Performer:  André NavarraHyman Bress
Conductor:  Karel AncerlJindrich Rohan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic OrchestraPrague Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 9 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ernest Bloch composed five magnificent major works for soloist and orchestra (and several minor ones). These include the two on this disc plus Voice in the Wilderness for cello and orchestra, the Viola Suite (why violists don't program this dazzling work every 15 minutes is beyond understanding), and the Concerto Symphonique for piano and orchestra. Of these, only the Violin Concerto and Schelomo have a toehold in the modern repertoire, with the result that listeners are deprived of exposure to some truly outstanding music.

The Violin Concerto may or may not be listed among the composer's Jewish works, and may or may not sound "exotic", or even like a Hollywood take on Native American music. In other words,
Read more it sounds like Bloch, and this rhapsodic, impulsive performance is one of the few that really does the work justice. Hyman Bress, a Canadian violinist specializing in contemporary music, really digs into his part, knitting together the musical argument of the wayward opening movement, probing the lyrical heights of the brief central andante, and offering a dazzlingly affirmative finale. The same virtues characterize his performance of the rarely heard Hebrew Suite.

The Ancerl/Navarra Schelomo has been justly famous since its first issue way back in 1964. The Czech Philharmonic was in top form, this was just the kind of work that Ancerl excelled at, and Navarra plays his heart out, achieving extremes of ecstasy and lamentation that few soloists have equaled. Navarra is especially persuasive at keeping the music moving through the more meditative passages, while never seeming rushed. In short, this is a living, vital performance that really breathes. Supraphon's sound has dated some, but is perfectly listenable. This is an important, indeed historic, recording of unjustly neglected music. [3/3/2000]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Schelomo by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  André Navarra (Cello)
Conductor:  Karel Ancerl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1916; USA 
Concerto for Violin by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Hyman Bress (Violin)
Conductor:  Jindrich Rohan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937-1938; Switzerland 
Suite hébraïque by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Hyman Bress (Violin)
Conductor:  Jindrich Rohan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 

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