Music for Glass Harmonica

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The glass harmonica enjoys periodic revivals, but new material is seldom written for it. The standard items are performed and recorded with some regularity, most often the two Mozart pieces and Johann Friedrich Reichardt's delightful "Rondeau," which are included here. What makes this collection interesting, aside from its status as a broad survey of the literature, is the inclusion of rarely heard works and some new compositions. Especially noteworthy is the "Mad Scene" from Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor," with the original glass harmonica part restored. The instrument's eerie ringing considerably heightens the scene's strangeness. Beethoven's peculiar "Melodram" is...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
The glass harmonica enjoys periodic revivals, but new material is seldom written for it. The standard items are performed and recorded with some regularity, most often the two Mozart pieces and Johann Friedrich Reichardt's delightful "Rondeau," which are included here. What makes this collection interesting, aside from its status as a broad survey of the literature, is the inclusion of rarely heard works and some new compositions. Especially noteworthy is the "Mad Scene" from Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor," with the original glass harmonica part restored. The instrument's eerie ringing considerably heightens the scene's strangeness. Beethoven's peculiar "Melodram" is also fun to hear. There are works by minor eighteenth-century composers -- Schulz, Naumann, Röllig, and Apell -- all of which sound of their time and have their charms. Added to these are a new piece by the performer, Thomas Bloch, and three pastiches by his contemporary, Johann von Holt Sombach. Bloch's "Sancta Maria" is a modest but competent work, delivered here with a postmodern treatment of its multi-tracked vocal parts. Holt Sombach's appropriation of an eighteenth-century style is eccentric at best, though his three pieces are innocuous enough in themselves. However, one is left to wonder what use might be made of this instrument in a more inventive composer's hands.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2001
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313529520
  • Catalog Number: 8555295
  • Sales rank: 98,993

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Largo for glass harmonica in C minor: transposed to G minor - Thomas Bloch & Johann Abraham Peter Schulz (3:37)
  2. 2 Adagio, for glass harmonica & string quartet (from Fantaisie Concertante) - Thomas Bloch & Johann Julius Sontag von Holt Sombach (5:39)
  3. 3 Rondo for glass harmonica, string quartet & double-bass in B flat - Thomas Bloch & Johann Friedrich Reichardt (6:38)
  4. 4–5 Sonata for glass harmonica (or piano) No. 3 - Thomas Bloch & Johann Gottlieb Naumann (3:56)
  5. 5 Adagio for glass harmonica in C major, K. 356 (K. 617a) - Thomas Bloch & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (3:11)
  6. 7–8 Adagio and Rondo for glass harmonica, flute, oboe, viola & cello in C minor, K. 617 - Thomas Bloch & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (12:12)
  7. 8 Leonore Prohaska, incidental music, WoO 96: Melodram for glass harmonica & voice - Thomas Bloch & Ludwig van Beethoven (1:03)
  8. 10–11 Kleine Tonstücke, for glass harmonica - Thomas Bloch & Karl Leopold Röllig (3:17)
  9. 11 Il trionfo della musica, cantata: Terzetto, Adagio (No. 9) - Thomas Bloch & David August von Apell (4:52)
  10. 12 1ère Suite for glass harmonica: Fantaisie - Thomas Bloch & Johann Julius Sontag von Holt Sombach (0:45)
  11. 13 1ère Suite for glass harmonica: Allemande - Thomas Bloch & Johann Julius Sontag von Holt Sombach (2:44)
  12. 14 Lucia di Lammermoor, opera: Il dolce suono...ardon gli incensi - Thomas Bloch & Gaetano Donizetti (15:59)
  13. 15 1ère Suite for glass harmonica: 2ème Menuet - Thomas Bloch & Johann Julius Sontag von Holt Sombach (1:19)
  14. 16 Sancta Maria, for voice, keyboards and tape - Thomas Bloch & Thomas Bloch (6:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thomas Bloch Primary Artist
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