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Bloch: Cello Sonata

Magazine article Gramophone

Bloch: Cello Sonata

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Bloch

Cello Sonata. Suite. Nigun (arr Joseph Schuster). From Jewish Life. Meditation hebraique Raphael Wallfisch vc John York pf Nimbus (F) NI5943 (70' * DDD)

Can it really be that the Ernest Bloch who wrote the Cello Sonata (1897) is the same composer who penned the Viola Suite 22 years later that Gabor Rejto and Adolph Bailer transcribed for cello and piano and that Raphael Wallfisch and John York feature on the current collection? The Sonata at times sounds like a cross between Saint-Saens and Dvorak, its appealing melodic content lacking the individual slant that marked so many of Bloch's later works as distinctive. My fondest past memory of the Suite, a wonderful work, is the RCA Victor/FLMV shellac set that viola player William Primrose and Fritz Kitzinger made of the original in 1938, a performance of a searing intensity that Wallfisch and York don't quite level up to, though there's plenty to enjoy: the energetic start of the second movement, for example, and the deeply mysterious Lento third movement. …

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