Started by vandermolen, April 19, 2007, 04:40:56 AM
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Quote from: Jo498 on May 25, 2023, 10:52:54 PMI don't know that much by Bloch, the piece I remember and like best is the first piano quintet, but I also liked all of the quartets in the Griller set (5th is missing, I have not heard that one). Not yet heard the violin concerto.
Quote from: kyjo on May 25, 2023, 07:43:28 PMNow, my question is: what do you think about it?
Quote from: kyjo on May 27, 2023, 08:49:19 AMWas recently listening to this fabulous disc:Evocations (1937) and the Trois Poèmes Juifs (1911-13) are two orchestral triptychs which show Bloch at the height of his powers, with masterful command over a large orchestra and in creating a variety of colorful and gripping atmospheres. Of particular note is the brilliantly dramatic second movement of Evocations, with its climactic buildups and generous swats on the tam-tam/gong (can't remember which) creating a legendary, warlike atmosphere. In fact, the whole work would make excellent background music to a documentary about ancient imperial Japan or China, given its rather special "Asian" flavoring!I can't profess quite the same level of admiration for the late, rather acerbic Symphony in E-flat (1955), but it's still a cogently written work that shows Bloch constantly experimenting with new styles near the end of his life. Anyone familiar with his Sinfonia Breve which dates from around the same time? As far as I know, it's only been recorded once, by Doráti on Mercury Living Presence.
Quote from: Symphonic Addict on May 28, 2023, 10:08:13 AMIndeed, a most terrific CD! Unlike you, I find the Symphony in E-flat an intriguing and rewarding piece despite its more advanced style.
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