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BLOCH, E.: Schelomo / BRIDGE, F.: Oration / HOUGH, S.: The Loneliest Wilderness (In the Shadow of War) (Isserlis, Wolff, Takacs-Nagy)

BLOCH, E.: Schelomo / BRIDGE, F.: Oration / HOUGH, S.: The Loneliest Wilderness (In the Shadow of War) (Isserlis, Wolff, Takacs-Nagy)

The Classical Shop
release date: March 2013

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin


Tapiola Sinfonietta


Wolff, Hugh


Takacs-Nagy, Gabor


Gabor Takacs-Nagy

Soloist

Hugh Wolff

Soloist

Venue:

Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem, Germany


Tapiola Concert Hall, Finland



Record Label
BIS

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 66:42
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BLOCH, E.: Schelomo / BRIDGE, F.: Oration / HOUGH, S.: The Loneliest Wilderness (In the Shadow of War) (Isserlis, Wolff, Takacs-Nagy)

     
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ERNEST BLOCH

1 

Schelomo

21:22
 Hugh Wolff Soloist
 Wolff, Hugh
     
 

FRANK BRIDGE

2 

Oration, Concerto elegiaco

29:11
 Hugh Wolff Soloist
 Wolff, Hugh
     
 

STEPHEN HOUGH

3 

The Loneliest Wilderness

16:09
 Gabor Takacs-Nagy Soloist
 Takacs-Nagy, Gabor


Recognized as one of the great communicators on the concert stage today, Steven Isserlis has written the liner notes to this album, his third release on BIS, noting that the bond between the works he has chosen to record is their tragic inspiration – ‘the most terrible, senseless conflict the world has ever known.’ The conflict in question is the First World War, and Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo and Frank Bridge’s Oration, subtitled ‘Concerto Elegiaco’, spring directly from their creators’ reactions to its ‘grey hopelessness and the mindless, irreplaceable waste’. Schelomo was composed during the war itself, inspired by the boundless despair expressed in the text of Ecclesiastes: ‘Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities…’ Bloch, who had originally intended to use the text itself in the work changed his mind after an encounter with the Russian cellist Alexander Barjansky. Naming it after King Salomo, traditionally regarded as the author of Ecclesiastes, Bloch created what has become one of the most frequently performed works for cello and orchestra from the 20th century. Less well-known, but no less deeply felt, is Oration, composed in 1930 by Frank Bridge, whose early works had been in a traditional vein with influences from Fauré and Brahms. A convinced pacifist, Bridge had been horrified by the war, and this greatly contributed to the radical changes in his musical language. One of the finest examples of this is the present ‘Concerto Elegiaco’, which Steven Isserlis describes as ‘taking us, almost cinematically, into the mud and slaughter of the battlefields, its cries of brutal suffering forming a musical protest.’ Closing the programme is The Loneliest Wilderness, a work which takes its title from a poem by Herbert Read published in 1919. More than eighty years later Stephen Hough, who as a pianist has collaborated extensively with Isserlis, composed his elegy, but it still resonates with the anguish of the Great War.

                      Performance *****      Recording *****
 
Helen Wallace - BBC Music magazine - June 2013

 "...An inspired programme, searingly played."

Janet Banks - The Strad - May 2013


                 Gramophone Choice

"...With Hugh Wolff drawing the most stylish, characterful and responsive playing from his Berlin forces, both performances really are tremendously compelling in their articulate composure, nourishing intelligence and clear-sighted purpose... A most distinguished release."

Andrew Achenbach - Gramophone magazine - May 2013




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