Bloch: Schelomo; Bruch: Kol Nidrei

Bloch: Schelomo; Bruch: Kol Nidrei

by Ofra Harnoy
     
 

Although Ernest Bloch had a rather large compositional output, he is today remembered primarily for his handful of works inspired by his own Jewish heritage. The most elaborate of these pieces is "Schelomo," the Hebraic rhapsody for solo and cello and orchestra. Programmatically, the piece is supposed to chronicle Solomon's wanderings inSee more details below

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Although Ernest Bloch had a rather large compositional output, he is today remembered primarily for his handful of works inspired by his own Jewish heritage. The most elaborate of these pieces is "Schelomo," the Hebraic rhapsody for solo and cello and orchestra. Programmatically, the piece is supposed to chronicle Solomon's wanderings in the desert -- a time filled with much tribulation and prayer. Cellist Ofra Harnoy's playing of this powerful work may be too superficial for some listeners. This arises not so much from musical reasons but because of her somewhat thin, forced sound that does not offer an adequate sense of depth and profundity. Some of Harnoy's tempo choices are often questionable. "Schelomo" is not a virtuoso piece intended to show off the abilities of the performer, yet Harnoy races ahead at times and does not allow her listeners to enjoy the complex rhythmic interplay in the orchestra because the rhythms become simply too fast to be clearly executed. In Max Bruch's "Kol Nidrei," a work to be performed before the Jewish day of atonement, Harnoy's sound and approach do not capture the sentiment of the music, favoring sappy over introspective. Listeners may do better do consult Zara Nelsova's masterful "Schelomo" recording, if they can find it.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/05/1991
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266075720
catalogNumber:
60757

Tracks

  1. Schelomo, rhapsody for cello & orchestra (or piano)  - Ernest Bloch  - Ofra Harnoy  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Charles Mackerras  - Joseph J. Stelmach
  2. Kol Nidrei, for cello & orchestra, Op. 47  - Max Bruch  - Ofra Harnoy  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Charles Mackerras  - Joseph J. Stelmach
  3. Canzone, for cello & orchestra/piano in B major, Op. 55  - Max Bruch  - Ofra Harnoy  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Charles Mackerras  - Joseph J. Stelmach
  4. Adagio on Celtic Themes, for cello & orchestra, Op. 56  - Max Bruch  - Ofra Harnoy  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Charles Mackerras  - Joseph J. Stelmach
  5. Ave Maria, for cello & orchestra, Op. 61  - Max Bruch  - Ofra Harnoy  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Charles Mackerras  - Joseph J. Stelmach

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