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Bloch: Music for Viola & Piano / Neubauer, Garrett


Release Date: 02/16/2018 
Label:  Delos   Catalog #: 3498  
Composer:  Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Paul NeubauerMargo Garrett
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

After this vibrant program of Ernest Bloch’s music for viola and piano was recorded in 2001, the tapes disappeared for fifteen years. When they resurfaced, artists Paul Neubauer and Margo Garrett were thrilled that the tapes were not only salvageable, but also featured playing that they felt presented their best possible efforts to bring these works to life. Among the works offered here are Bloch’s powerful Suite for Viola and Piano, hailed by one critic as “the greatest work for viola in musical literature.” We are also treated to the Suite Hebraique, an artful and engaging synthesis of Jewish themes with multiple musical influences, typical of Bloch’s mature style. Paul Neubauer’s solid reputation as one of the great violists of our time Read more is enhanced by his collaboration with award-winning pianist Margo Garrett.

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REVIEW:

These are indeed splendid performances of some of Bloch’s most interesting works: atmospheric yet well-written with meaty themes and interesting development. The music engages both the mind and the heart, and the duo did indeed find just the right tone and mood for each piece.

– The Arts Music Lounge Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Viola and Piano by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Paul Neubauer (Viola), Margo Garrett (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; USA 
2.
Suite for Viola solo [fragment] by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Paul Neubauer (Viola)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1958; USA 
3.
Suite hébraďque by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Paul Neubauer (Viola), Margo Garrett (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 
4.
Pieces (2) for Viola and Piano by Ernest Bloch
Performer:  Paul Neubauer (Viola), Margo Garrett (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1951; USA 

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