Calling all Bloch fans!?

July 20, 2005 at 06:51 AM · I am fond of Bloch's music, and particularly the Hebrew Suite for violin and orchestra, Violin Concerto, and Nigun. I am aware that there are solo suites and a few sonatas, but I am yet to hear them.

Anyone out there who shares my sentiments??

Replies (16)

July 20, 2005 at 02:26 PM · I love Bloch's music as well. However I don't like the concerto quiet as much. I do love his 1st violin sonata, which combines Jewish idioms with certain influence of Ysaye, as well his incredible Nigun, and also another little piece which is also wonderful called Abbodah. Finally, I also like his Jewish Prayer for cello.

July 20, 2005 at 03:06 PM · His Concerto Grosso for orchestra is very good.

July 21, 2005 at 05:33 PM · I couldn't help but wonder...should you guys be called "Bloch heads?"

July 21, 2005 at 08:42 PM · It seems the "Bloch heads" are a minority then? What is it that you guys out there dislike about Bloch? Or perhaps he is just overlooked?

July 22, 2005 at 10:25 PM · I think Bloch tends to be categorized as a "Jewish" music composer and for that reason is not as well-known as others.

July 26, 2005 at 04:18 PM · Bloch had works of clear jewish inspiration, but they are only a few. Try his chamber, the 5 SQ. the works for violin, viola and cello. And his wonderful v.c. There's one anthological recording by Szigety with Munch.

July 26, 2005 at 08:56 PM · The Hyperion label has a disc with Bloch's violin sonatas No. 1 and 2 with Hagai Shaham on violin as well as some smaller pieces. I really enjoy Sonata No. 2.

July 26, 2005 at 08:56 PM · The Hyperion label has a disc with Bloch's violin sonatas No. 1 and 2 with Hagai Shaham on violin as well as some smaller pieces. I really enjoy Sonata No. 2.

July 27, 2005 at 12:21 AM · You'll enjoy even more sonatas 1 and 2 by Heifetz.

They are on Collection Vol.8 (1950-55)

July 27, 2005 at 08:31 PM · You got to check out theWeilerstein performances. Mr Weilerstein recorded most chambermusic with hs wife. Relly, go listen to it! It s great!

October 25, 2005 at 11:08 PM · VINCENT P. SKOWRONSKI will soon be coming out with a New CD which carries Ernest Bloch's NIGUN, as well as works by Szymanowski and Stravinsky. Then, when the time is right, he will release the Sonata No.1 and the Sonata No.2 aka, Poeme Mystique. Look for it!

For now, why not try Skowronski's current CD,

AVEC et SANS, which showcases Ysaye's Solo Sonata No.1 in G Minor, Prokofieff's Solo Sonata in D Major and Robert Schumann's Sonata No.1 for Violin and Piano. See ARG review, July/August,

2005 - Collections.

Best to all.

Skowronski: Classical Recordings

October 25, 2005 at 11:46 PM · Bloch's Avodah is truly a work of a genius, I'm planning to start learning it later this year...incredibly draining and difficult piece musically...

October 26, 2005 at 12:14 AM · I like the Bloch-head business...funny! I've really only been introduced to the middle movement of his violin concerto, but I really like it. I'd love to hear more of his music, but I'm actually quite limited in the amount of new classical music I get to listen to. My CD collection consists of only about 10-15 commercial CD's (other than Suzuki, etc).

October 26, 2005 at 01:01 AM · Maybe I missed it, but I didn't hear any mention of the Concerto Grosso (I believe, #1), the one with that remarkable homage to the fugue in the last movement. Also Camilla Wicks studied with Bloch and (as I understand it) became something of a Bloch specialist. Anyway, her recent recording of live performances of the Beethoven Concerto and the first movement of the Tchaikovsky also includes an absolutely wonderful performance of Nigun. Check it out.

October 27, 2005 at 09:01 PM · I think there is a Bloch sonata played by Heifetz on Karadar. I downloaded it but haven't listened to it yet.

October 29, 2005 at 03:33 PM · Don't overlook the monumental cello concerto, "Schelomo, (Hebraic Rhapsody)." Highly emotional, hair-raising, employing cheap theatrics (that I love). My favorite recording is an old one by Leonard Rose.

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