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Ben-Haim - Bloch - Korngold: Cello Concertos


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« on: September 13, 2019, 06:45:38 pm »



I'm pretty sure there are many fans of these composers on this forum. I'm especially eager for the Ben-Haim Cello Concerto and the Symphony for Cello and Orchestra by Bloch, which I didn't know at all. The Korngold, whilst recorded other times, fits the thematics of the CD.
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« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2019, 08:16:36 pm »



I'm pretty sure there are many fans of these composers on this forum. I'm especially eager for the Ben-Haim Cello Concerto and the Symphony for Cello and Orchestra by Bloch, which I didn't know at all. The Korngold, whilst recorded other times, fits the thematics of the CD.

Woohoo! What a terrific looking release. Thanks for posting it Cesar. I've greatly admired Ben-Haim's Violin Concerto and his two symphonies, the first of which I was lucky enough to hear in London a few weeks ago. The Bloch and Korngold remain firm favourites.
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2019, 07:46:09 pm »

The CD fully lived up to expectations in all respects. I enjoyed the Ben-Haim almost as much as his marvellously inspiriting Violin Concerto and I had to play it again immediately. When I saw 'Cello Concerto' by Bloch I was expecting 'Schelomo' but this is nothing of the sort - a quite different work from 1954, originally planned for Trombone and Orchestra. Although not listed by Bloch as amongst his 'Jewish works' it has the characteristically soulful/biblical resonances of works like the 'Israel Symphony' and 'Voice in the Wilderness' - great discovery. I have always liked the short Korngold work and this is one of those recording I can play through from beginning to end with much emotional pleasure. Thanks Cesar for alerting us to this fine CD.
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