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Classical - Released October 30, 2007 | Naxos

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Keyboard Concertos - Released June 8, 2018 | SWR Classic

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Classical - Released August 24, 2010 | BIS

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British cellist Steven Isserlis points out that the four composers represented on this disc have a number of things in common -- they were born within 30 years of each other, had nationalist tendencies, and all lived at some point in Paris -- but the major unifying theme is the fact that Isserlis commissioned all these arrangements of pieces that had originally existed in other formats. The circumstances of the creation of each of the arrangements are fascinating and sometimes moving, and the results are so attractive that they could easily enter the limited repertoire of works for cello and chamber orchestra. To call British composer Sally Beamish's Suite pour violoncelle et orchestre a reconstruction is a bit of a stretch, since only one movement of Debussy's very early work survives, but the addition of four other pieces, one for cello and piano, two piano works, and a song, makes for a lovely and cohesive suite. Ravel's Deux mélodies hébraïques exists in versions for voice and piano, and voice and orchestra, but Richard Tognetti's idiomatic arrangement for cello, harp, and strings makes a persuasive case for the substitution of the cello for voice. Christopher Palmer's version of Bloch's From Jewish Life for cello and piano is soulfully and exquisitely expressive. Prokofiev left his Concertino for cello and orchestra incomplete at his death, and Dmitry Kabalevsky was called in to finish and orchestrate it. Isserlis always objected to Kabalevsky's version, which he considered loud and clunky, so he asked Vladimir Blok for a new version, which Blok completed on his deathbed. The new arrangement incurred the ire of Mstislav Rostropovich, for whom Prokofiev wrote the work, but it is undeniably an appealing version, transparent and quirkily inventive. Isserlis performs with the impeccable technique and interpretive sensitivity for which he is known; this is an absolutely secure and emotionally resonant performance and should delight fans of the cello. Gábor Takács-Nagy leads the Tapiola Sinfonietta in a luminous and heartfelt accompaniment. The sound of BIS' SACD is clean and very present. It's sometimes even possible to hear Isserlis' strings hitting the fingerboard, but rather than being a distraction, it contributes to a sense of intimacy that beautifully suits the character of this new repertoire. © TiVo
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Classical - Released September 3, 2013 | Naxos

Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason
Ernest Bloch's Symphony in C sharp minor was written in 1900, when the composer was 20 and studying in Germany. It is an absolutely charming student work. The booklet to this Naxos release speaks of "inner struggles" and "turmoil, hopes, desires, joy, sorrow, and despair," and indeed the conductor and Bloch specialist Prof. Dalia Atlas is following the recollections of Bloch himself in this regard. It may all be true enough, but the appeal of the work lies rather in the way the young composer digests the styles of some hugely individualistic composers of his day, principally Strauss, Mahler, and Bruckner, and boils them down to a final exam-ready four-movement symphony of reasonable length. This would seem to be a tall order, but Bloch condenses these inherently sprawling models in countless clever ways. Hear the way the slow movement disperses itself into Mahler's concertante treatment of the orchestra and then reforms, for example. The Poems of the Sea, inspired by poetry of Walt Whitman, are later pieces, composed in 1922; this, too, is a neglected work, notable for its incorporation of Irish folk music in a somewhat mystical manner completely different from that of the English pastoralists. The London Symphony Orchestra seems genuinely enthused by the music, and the sound from Abbey Road studios is above average. One can't help thinking how the symphony would make an excellent first half for a concert devoted to one of the big Mahler symphonies for its final barn-burner. Well worth the time of Bloch enthusiasts. © TiVo
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Choral Music (Choirs) - Released April 3, 2012 | Naxos

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Classical - Released July 31, 2007 | Naxos

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Amidst the plethora of soloists and orchestras performing on this 2007 Naxos disc are two things the listener can depend on: the rugged, evocative, and above all Romantic music of Ernest Bloch and the strong, colorful, and dedicated conducting of Dalia Atlas. The four works range from the Swiss-American composer's early Two Poems: Hiver and Printemps from 1905 through his mature Four Episodes from 1926 and late Concertino for flute and viola from 1948 to his very late Suite Modale for flute and strings from 1956. These four works are divided among three ensembles: the Slovak Radio Symphony in the Two Poems, the Soloists of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in the Four Episodes, and the eponymously named Atlas Camerata Orchestra in the Concerto and Suite Modale, the latter two works featuring dulcet-toned flutist Noam Buchman and sweet-toned violinist Yuri Gandelsman as soloists. And every work is given an ideal performance by every player in each ensemble. Atlas clearly believes in Bloch's genius, and with the polished performances of the various soloists and ensembles, she makes as convincing a case as can be imagined for the ardent late-Romanticism of the Two Poems, the ironic post-Romanticism of the Four Episodes, and the lucid neo-Romanticism of the Concertino and Suite Modale. Sonically, the Slovak Radio Symphony gets the richest, lushest recording while those by the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra Soloists and the Atlas Camerata Orchestra are closer yet cooler. © TiVo
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Classical - Released March 17, 2008 | Arabesque Recordings

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Classical - Released March 17, 2008 | Arabesque Recordings

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Violin Concertos - Released June 9, 2003 | Naxos

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Classical - Released March 17, 2008 | Arabesque Recordings

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Chamber Music - Released May 5, 2017 | Nimbus Records

Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica
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Chamber Music - Released March 12, 2013 | Fuga Libera

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Chamber Music - Released December 1, 2017 | Claves Records

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Nigh on 60 years after his death, the Swiss composer, born in 1880 of Jewish origin, naturalized American in 1924, remains relatively little known by the general public and music lovers alike. Yet his music, full of lyricism, drama, virtuosity, poetry, has all it takes to please. His language combines tonality, bitonality, atonality, elements inherited from the Jewish musical tradition as well as allusions to movie style American music. A couple in life as well as on stage, Nurit Stark and Cédric Pescia are literally captivated by Bloch’s music and personality. Between them, they combine the composer’s origin and nationality. In a programme that unites the two Violin and Piano Sonatas and the Piano Sonata, they passionately promote works where calmness alternates with hysteria and folklore with mysticism. According to Bloch, the programme of both Violin and Piano Sonatas, composed in 1920 and 1924 respectively, is as simple as can be: the first shows the world “as it is, with the violent opposition of primordial and blind forces” and the second depicts it “as it should be, according to our dreams”. This dichotomy is at the heart of the rare and amazing Sonata for Piano solo (written close to Geneva in 1935): the 2nd movement idyll “Pastorale” is framed by two sombre, violent and martial movements, which forewarn of horrors to come. © Claves Records
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Classical - Released March 17, 2008 | Arabesque Recordings

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Chamber Music - Released April 1, 2002 | Chandos

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Chamber Music - Released April 17, 2020 | Leaf Music

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Classical - Released January 1, 1952 | BnF Collection

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Chamber Music - Released June 13, 2001 | Lelia Productions

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Chamber Music - Released January 1, 2014 | Musiques Suisses