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Avi Avital - Between Worlds (2014)

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Avi Avital - Between Worlds (2014)

Avi Avital - Between Worlds (2014)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 313 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 155 Mb | Scans included | 01:06:18
Classical, Chamber, Mandolin, Folk | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 479 1069

A genre-defying tour of the globe exploring the nexus between classical, popular and traditional music uniquely inhabited by Avi Avital and his magical mandolin. From Bach to Bluegrass to Balkan Beats, the mandolin is the chameleon of the music world - every culture and musical genre features the mandolin or one of its close relatives - and Avi Avital is this beautiful instruments most charismatic, versatile exponent. After the success of the Bach recording, Avi returns to again defy expectations with a selection of beautiful melodies and delightful dances from Europe, Central Asia, and the Americas, each with roots in popular folk traditions, arranged by some of the worlds greatest classical composers. The resulting dialogue between North and South, East and West, New and Old, Classical and Traditional - offers a captivating musical journey Between Worlds. For this journey, Avi is joined by a host of special guests: from music legends such as Richard Galliano and Giora Feidman, to DG stars such as Catrin Finch, accompanied by a hand-picked ensemble of virtuoso friends from around the world.

Zara Nelsova, Utah SO, Maurice Abravanel - Ernest Bloch: Schelomo; "Israel" Symphony (1991)

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Zara Nelsova, Utah SO, Maurice Abravanel - Ernest Bloch: Schelomo; "Israel" Symphony (1991)

Ernest Bloch: Schelomo; "Israel" Symphony (1991)
Zara Nelsova, cello; Utah Symphony Orchestra; Maurice Abravanel, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 231 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 137 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Vanguard Classics | # 08 4047 71 | Time: 00:48:35

Schelomo receives its mead of barbarous splendour at the hands of Nelsova and Abravanel. The recording is a shade too warm but Nelsova (who recorded far too little) who studied the piece with the composer demonstrates her familiarity and sympathy with the piece. This is essential as Schelomo is one of those works that can easily seem nondescript if the artists involved are unengaged. In that sense it is rather like the Bax cello concerto (still awaiting its ideal exponent on disc). This is Nelsova's second, recording of the work. The feverish grip of the music is strongly asserted.

Zina Schiff, RSNO, Jose Serebrier - Ernest Bloch: Violin Concerto; Baal Shem; Suite Hebraique (2007)

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Zina Schiff, RSNO, Jose Serebrier - Ernest Bloch: Violin Concerto; Baal Shem; Suite Hebraique (2007)

Ernest Bloch: Violin Concerto; Baal Shem; Suite Hébraïque (2007)
Zina Schiff, violin; Royal Scottish National Orchestra; José Serebrier, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 308 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 165 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.557757 | Time: 01:05:59

A precocious violin talent, Bloch left home at the age of seventeen to study with the illustrious Belgian violinist and composer Eugène Ysaÿe, who regognised his pupil's extraordinary creative potential and persuaded him to pursue composition. Bloch's Violin Cocnerto, an underrated rarity, is one of his most important works of the 1930s. Although Bloch attributed the major themes in the Concerto to American Indian songs heard on a visit to New Mexico, he also described the work as portraying 'the complex, glowing, agitated soul that I feel vibrating through the Bible'. The Suite hébraïque, which draws on traditional melodies to evoke a sense of nostalgia, and the exotic tryptich Baal Shem (Three Pictures of Chassidic Life), are indelibly associated with Bloch's 'Jewish works'.

Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan - Life and Art: Bloch, Schumann, R.Strauss (2007/1975)

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Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan - Life and Art: Bloch, Schumann, R.Strauss (2007/1975)

Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan - Life and Art: Bloch, Schumann, R.Strauss (2007/1975)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.20 Gb (DVD9) | 102+29 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Chinese

Mstislav Rostropovich did more for the advancement of the cello than probably any other artist since Pablo Casals. Even after his sad passing in 2007 at the age of 80, is musical influence is felt not only in the cello community, but among orchestral musicians as well. This Deutsche Grammophon DVD is among the many tributes to Rostropovich that have surfaced over the short time since his passing. It features the Schumann Concerto and Bloch's Schelomo with Leonard Bernstein and the Orchestre National de France and Strauss' Don Quixote with Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic. All of these performances are given their first DVD release here. Schumann and Bloch are given intense, riveting performances by Rostropovich and orchestra alike. Any other cellist who played with as much force and aggression would be accused of overplaying, but with Rostropovich the intensity and conviction of his playing are what make the entire performance.

Edgar Moreau, Michael Sanderling, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester - Transmission: Korngold, Bruch, Bloch, Ravel (2021)

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Edgar Moreau, Michael Sanderling, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester - Transmission: Korngold, Bruch, Bloch, Ravel (2021)

Edgar Moreau, Michael Sanderling, Luzerner Sinfonieorchester - Transmission: Korngold, Bruch, Bloch, Ravel (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 275 Mb | Total time: 65:53 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Erato | # 0190295105105 | Recorded: 2020

Edgar Moreau salutes his family heritage and highlights landmarks in his artistic development with Transmission – music by Bloch, Korngold, Bruch and Ravel, recorded with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra and its chief conductor Michael Sanderling. Moreau’s mother is of Polish-Jewish extraction and all five works on the album have a connection with Jewish culture. The largest work on the programme is Bloch’s Schelomo, which Moreau describes as “a majestic meeting of concerto and symphony, rich and colourful in its orchestration and full of contrasts”.

RPO, Dalia Atlas, David Towse - Bloch: Symphony in E flat; Macbeth; 2 Interludes; 3 Jewish Poems; In Memoriam (1997)

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RPO, Dalia Atlas, David Towse - Bloch: Symphony in E flat; Macbeth; 2 Interludes; 3 Jewish Poems; In Memoriam (1997)

Ernest Bloch: Symphony in E flat; Macbeth; 2 Interludes; 3 Jewish Poems; In Memoriam (1997)
David Towse, violin; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Dalia Atlas

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 308 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 179 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: ASV | # CD DCA 1019 | Time: 01:07:57

This program includes some of the least known masterpieces from Ernest Bloch’s nearly 30 works for orchestra. Macbeth: Two Symphonic Interludes is an intoxicating and passionate distillation of Shakespeare’s powerful drama. In Memoriam is a brief elegy dedicated to the pianist Ada Clement, while the Three Jewish Poems were written when Bloch was mourning the death of his father. Originally conceived as a third concerto grosso, Bloch’s last Symphony, in E flat major, is at times emotionally turbulent and deeply spiritual work containing passages of harmonic acerbity.

Gerard Caussee; OSR; Lior Shambadal - Ernest Bloch: Helvetia; Suite for Viola & Orchestra; Suite hebraique (2003)

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Gerard Caussee; OSR; Lior Shambadal - Ernest Bloch: Helvetia; Suite for Viola & Orchestra; Suite hebraique (2003)

Ernest Bloch: Helvetia; Suite for Viola & Orchestra; Suite hébraïque (2003)
Gérard Caussée, viola; Orchestre de la Suisse Romande; Lior Shambadal, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 259 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 170 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Cascavelle | # RSR 6170 | Time: 01:12:20

This Swiss Cascavelle disc most adroitly presents the world premiere recording of the orchestral poem Helvetia alongside two less obscure works for viola and orchestra. A highly attractive release, well designed and documented. Enthusiasts of Bloch, the viola and the mountain heights must not miss this.

Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz - Ernest Bloch: America; Concerto Grosso No.1 (2012)

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Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz - Ernest Bloch: America; Concerto Grosso No.1 (2012)

Ernest Bloch - America; Concerto Grosso No.1 (2012)
Seattle Symphony, conducted by Gerard Schwarz; Patricia Michaelian, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 221 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 147 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.572743 | Time: 01:01:54

Swiss-born Bloch, a pupil of Eugène Ysaÿe, emigrated to the United States in 1916. Written in 1926, two years after Bloch had become an American citizen, America: An Epic Rhapsody, is the composer’s tribute to his adopted country. This romantic and patriotic score vividly surveys the history of the US from the native American melodies of pre-colonial days to the modern era of 1920s jazz and beyond. The Concerto Grosso No 1 is a bold statement which unites the eighteenth-century concerto grosso form with a modern tonal language.

Leonard Bernstein, Orchestre National de France - An American in Paris [7CDs] (2018)

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Leonard Bernstein, Orchestre National de France - An American in Paris [7CDs] (2018)

Leonard Bernstein, Orchestre National de France - An American in Paris: Berlioz, Bloch, Milhaud, Ravel, Schumann, Rachmaninov (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.87 Gb | Total time: 06:41:06 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Warner Classics | # 9029568954 | Recorded: 1975-1979

This 7CD set is the fruit of the love affair that developed in Paris between Leonard Bernstein and the Orchestre National de France in the 1970s. Beside long-admired studio recordings, featuring Mstislav Rostropovich and Alexis Weissenberg among the soloists, it presents live performances completely new to the catalogue: a 1975 programme to celebrate Ravel’s centenary – with Bernstein himself as soloist in the G major piano concerto – and orchestral suites taken from two of Bernstein’s most celebrated and brilliant works, both infused with jazz: the film score On the Waterfront and the landmark Broadway musical West Side Story.