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Bloch: Suite For Viola And Orchestra, Baal Shem, Suite Hebraique / Hong-mei Xiao

Bloch / Xiao / Budapest Sym Orch Mav / Smolij
Release Date: 06/25/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570829  
Composer:  Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Hong-Mei Xiao
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Although Ernest Bloch’s exploration of the ‘Jewish Soul’ focused on a cycle of seven works written between 1911 and 1916, he returned to Jewish themes throughout his life. Baal Shem explores Eastern European Hasidic traditions in all their expressive intensity in this version for viola and orchestra transcribed by soloist Hong-Mei Xiao. Bloch’s 1918 Coolidge Prize-winning Suite for Viola and Orchestra remains one of the twentieth century’s enduringly important works for the instrument, whilst the Suite hébraïque, written in his last decade, absorbs Jewish elements ever more fluently and subtly. Although Ernest Bloch’s exploration of the ‘Jewish Soul’ focused on a cycle of seven works written between 1911 and 1916, he returned to Jewish themes throughout his life. Baal Shem explores Eastern European Hasidic traditions in all their expressive intensity in this version for viola and orchestra transcribed by soloist Hong-Mei Xiao. Bloch’s 1918 Coolidge Prize-winning Suite for Viola and Orchestra remains one of the twentieth century’s enduringly important works for the instrument, whilst the Suite hébraïque, written in his last decade, absorbs Jewish elements ever more fluently and subtly. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite hébraïque by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Hong-Mei Xiao (Viola)
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
2.
Suite for Viola and Orchestra by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Hong-Mei Xiao (Viola)
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; USA 
3.
Baal shem by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Hong-Mei Xiao (Viola)
Conductor:  Mariusz Smolij
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; USA 

Sound Samples

Baal Shem (arr. Hong-Mei Xiao for viola and orchestra): No. 1. Vidui (Contrition)
Baal Shem (arr. Hong-Mei Xiao for viola and orchestra): No. 2. Nigun (Improvisation)
Baal Shem (arr. Hong-Mei Xiao for viola and orchestra): No. 3. Simchas Torah (Rejoicing in the Holy Scriptures)
Suite for Viola and Orchestra: I. Lento - Allegro - Moderato
Suite for Viola and Orchestra: II. Allegro ironico
Suite for Viola and Orchestra: III. Lento
Suite for Viola and Orchestra: IV. Molto vivo
Suite hebraique*: I. Rapsodie
Suite hebraique*: II. Processional: Andante con moto
Suite hebraique*: III. Affirmation: Maestoso

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