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Bloch: Schelomo; Voice in the Wilderness; Caplet: Epiphanie; Ravel: Kaddish

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
For this 2014 release on Nimbus Records, cellist Raphael Wallfisch and his son, conductor Benjamin Wallfisch, perform works by three modern composers who sought ethnic musical influences outside the conventional Western classical ethos. For Ernest Bloch, the composer of "Schelomo" and "Voice in the Wilderness," middle-eastern scales and Jewish folk music were frequent sources of inspiration. This rich vein of material was also a powerful influence on Maurice Ravel, whose Kaddish has a similar exotic flavor. André Caplet's "Epiphanie (d'après une légende éthiopienne)" doesn't share an obvious melodic origin, yet the coloring he gave to his orchestration suggests the same...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
For this 2014 release on Nimbus Records, cellist Raphael Wallfisch and his son, conductor Benjamin Wallfisch, perform works by three modern composers who sought ethnic musical influences outside the conventional Western classical ethos. For Ernest Bloch, the composer of "Schelomo" and "Voice in the Wilderness," middle-eastern scales and Jewish folk music were frequent sources of inspiration. This rich vein of material was also a powerful influence on Maurice Ravel, whose Kaddish has a similar exotic flavor. André Caplet's "Epiphanie (d'après une légende éthiopienne)" doesn't share an obvious melodic origin, yet the coloring he gave to his orchestration suggests the same interest in exoticism and impressionism that Bloch and Ravel shared. Raphael Wallfisch's passionate playing is the focus of the album, and the close microphone placement keeps him at center stage, so his rich and resonant lines are always heard above the orchestral accompaniment. Even so, the vibrant BBC National Orchestra of Wales receives superb audio coverage, so nothing is lost in the recording. Considering that all the pieces call for atmospheric effects and delicate dynamic balances, this is clearly an achievement for Benjamin Wallfisch, who brings the best out of his musicians.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2014
  • Label: Nimbus Records
  • UPC: 710357591327
  • Catalog Number: 5913
  • Sales rank: 80,683

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–6 Voice in the Wilderness, symphonic poem for cello & orchestra (or piano) - Ernest Bloch & BBC National Orchestra of Wales (26:18)
  2. 7–9 Épiphanie, for cello & orchestra - André Caplet & BBC National Orchestra of Wales (21:35)
  3. 8 Kaddisch, song for voice & piano (Mélodie hébraïque No. 1) - Maurice Ravel & Maurice Ravel (5:13)
  4. 11–13 Schelomo, rhapsody for cello & orchestra (or piano) - Ernest Bloch & BBC National Orchestra of Wales (21:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Raphael Wallfisch Primary Artist
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