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Bloch: Cello Suites No 1-3, Etc / E. Bertrand, P. Amoyel


Release Date: 01/13/2004 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 901810   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Emmanuelle BertrandPascal Amoyel
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Ernest Bloch's three suites for solo cello are wonderful works, and Emmanuelle Bertrand is a wonderful cellist. She plays these pieces as well as anyone, attacking such movements as the first allegro of the Second Suite with great ferocity that's never achieved at the expense of good intonation or rich tone. The most formally satisfying of the three works is the third suite, with its perfect five-movement arch form. Listen to the way Bertrand thins out her timbre in the two andantes, and contrast this with the wide-ranging colors of the concluding Allegro giocoso. This is really fine cello playing by any standard.


In the works with piano Bertrand receives able and sensitive support from Pascal Amoyel. They capture the
Read more long, lyrical lines of the three Jewish Life movements with a lovely sense of fluidity. Nirvana positively floats, while Nigun brings the program to a very satisfying close. Indeed, the alternation of solo cello works with duo pieces, and the stylistic differences between them, makes this disc an excellent showcase of Bloch's range as a composer of chamber music and also stands as an example of really smart programming. Harmonia Mundi's sonics are typically first class--well-balanced and warm--though Bertrand's heavy breathing becomes obtrusive now and then, a minor problem that never becomes serious enough to detract from the disc's musical excellence. [4/8/2004]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Cello solo no 1 by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Emmanuelle Bertrand (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
2.
Suite for Cello solo no 2 by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Emmanuelle Bertrand (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 
3.
Suite for Cello solo no 3 by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Emmanuelle Bertrand (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; USA 
4.
From Jewish Life by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Emmanuelle Bertrand (Cello), Pascal Amoyel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
5.
Méditation hébraïque by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Pascal Amoyel (Piano), Emmanuelle Bertrand (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; USA 
6.
Nirvana by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Pascal Amoyel (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; USA 
7.
Baal shem: 2nd movement, Nigun "Improvisation" by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Pascal Amoyel (Piano), Emmanuelle Bertrand (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; USA 

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