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Bloch: Voice In The Wilderness; Schlomo; From Jewish Life; Bruch: Kol Nidrei

Bloch / Bruch / Volkov
Release Date: 08/14/2012 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67910   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ernest BlochMax Bruch
Performer:  Natalie Clein
Conductor:  Ilan Volkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ernest Bloch’s two tone poems for cello and orchestra, Schelomo and Voice in the Wilderness, make logical disc mates. Stylistically they are quite similar—lusciously scored essays in Romantic exoticism, the latter a little bit more pensive and elegiac than the former. Both are gorgeous, but too short to make a complete program by themselves. Happily, Christopher Palmer arranged the composer’s suite From Jewish Life (originally for cello and piano) for cello, string orchestra, and harp. It sounds wholly idiomatic in this new dress. Toss in Bruch’s ever-popular Kol Nidrei, and the result is both a useful Bloch disc and a collection of music on Jewish themes for cello and orchestra.

The performances here are very fine. Natalie
Read more Clein, notwithstanding an unimportant moment or two of questionable intonation, plays both of the big Bloch pieces with notable energy and spontaneity. These are, relatively speaking, swift interpretations, giving the music an unusual amount of strength and directness. Aided by equally vigorous accompaniments from Ilan Volkov and the BBC Scottish Symphony, it’s great to hear performances that refuse to let the music languish excessively. As a result, the gentler From Jewish Life and Kol Nidrei contrast well with the larger tone poems, making a very satisfying complete program—even for continuous listening. The sonics are also very good: well balanced and warmly natural. A fine disc, all around.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Voice in the Wilderness by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Natalie Clein (Cello)
Conductor:  Ilan Volkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; Switzerland 
2. Schelomo by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Natalie Clein (Cello)
Conductor:  Ilan Volkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1916; USA 
3. From Jewish Life by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Natalie Clein (Cello)
Conductor:  Ilan Volkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
4. Kol Nidrei for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 47 by Max Bruch
Performer:  Natalie Clein (Cello)
Conductor:  Ilan Volkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; Liverpool, England 

Featured Sound Samples

Schelomo (Bloch)
Voice in the Wilderness (Bloch): IV. Adagio piacevole

Customer Reviews

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 great cd for cello players December 6, 2012 By Brian  S. (Monroe, NC) See All My Reviews "Normally I don't do negative reviews. The recording engineer set all the mikes in front and back of the cellist. You don't hear the woodwinds well at all. I have the full score to Schlomo and there are lines that go totally unheard. The cello playing is great so if you want to hear these musics for reference then this is the CD for you." Report Abuse
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