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Bloch: Four Episodes; Two Poems (Hiver - Printemps); Concertino; Suite Modale

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listen  1. 4 Episodes: No. 1. Humoresque macabreIsrael Philharmonic Orchestra Members 3:01$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. 4 Episodes: No. 2. ObsessionIsrael Philharmonic Orchestra Members 3:23$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. 4 Episodes: No. 3. CalmIsrael Philharmonic Orchestra Members 4:52$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. 4 Episodes: No. 4. ChineseIsrael Philharmonic Orchestra Members 3:50$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. 2 Last Poems: No. 1. HiverSlovak Radio Symphony Orchestra 6:12$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. 2 Last Poems: No. 2. PrintempsSlovak Radio Symphony Orchestra 7:47$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Concertino for Flute and Viola: I. Allegro comodoNoam Buchman 3:08$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Concertino for Flute and Viola: II. AndanteNoam Buchman 3:25$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Concertino for Flute and Viola: III. AllegroNoam Buchman 2:45$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen10. Suite modale: I. ModeratoNoam Buchman 2:43$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen11. Suite modale: II. L'istesso tempoNoam Buchman 2:38$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen12. Suite modale: III. Allegro giocosoNoam Buchman 2:26$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen13. Suite modale: IV. Adagio - Allegro decisoNoam Buchman 6:11$0.89  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Performer: Noam Buchman, Yuri Gandelsman
  • Orchestra: Atlas Camerata Orchestra, Soloists of the Israel Philharmonic, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Dalia Atlas
  • Composer: Ernest Bloch
  • Audio CD (July 31, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,182 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

One of the reasons that Ernest Bloch is not more widely appreciated is probably due to the fact that his compositional output does not fall into any specific category. He was interested in many styles and is therefore hard to pin down. This CD offers a terrific cross-section of his work. "Four Episodes" consists of just that: colorful, fascinatingly scored miniatures. The first is jumpy, while the second is a passacaglia, with a tune repeated over and over again, with 24 variations played above it. The third, marked "Calm," is an oasis of peace and pastoral tranquility, and the last is exotic in its orchestral hues. Two Poems ("Hiver" and "Printemps") offer dark moments and utter tranquility, respectively; indeed, "Printemps" would make perfect movie music for, yes, a day in spring. The Concertino for Flute and Viola is, by turns, folksy and baroque, with notable Bach-like moments, and ends in a polka. The Suite Modale for flute and strings also pays homage to Bach and is a veritable bundle of contrapuntal composition but is full of expressive dance rhythms as well. The performances, with Dalia Atlas leading three different ensembles, are ideal. This CD is a sheer delight. --Robert Levine

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Born in Geneva, Ernest Bloch moved to the United States in 1916. Although Bloch' name is indelibly associated with his 'Jewish works' such as Schelomo , Suite hebraïque and the Israel Symphony, his music underwent several changes of compositional st

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jsa on February 20, 2012
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I was inclined to take a pass on this disc given my disappointment with Dalia Atlas's leaden recording of Ernest Bloch's concerto grossos (Bloch: Concerti Grossi Nos. 1 and 2 / String Quartet), however, I'm glad I didn't. The program consists of lesser known works from Bloch, displaying an aspect of this versatile composer that I didn't know existed.

The program opens with "Four Episodes," a suite written in 1926 that features a beguiling melody reminiscent of the English pastoral school. The beautiful repeated tune brought another obscure, but completely charming work to mind, Herbert Howells' "The B's," dating from 1913. Perhaps Bloch had heard it, or they shared the same source material? The fourth movement or "episode" of Bloch's suite is called "Chinese," and incorporates thematic material that reflects the composer's interest in Chinese theater. "Four Episodes" is a real gem and why it isn't widely known is a mystery.

The remainder of this disc is taken up with "Winter" and "Spring," atmospheric works dating from early in Bloch's career (1905); the enchanting Concertino for flute and viola (1948), which was commissioned by the Julliard School; and the "Suite Modale" from 1958. All of these works show an entirely different side of the composer -- the influence of the French modernists, especially Poulenc, comes to mind.

It's all wonderful stuff, treasures worthy of addition to any chamber music library.
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