Personalities | Ernest Bloch | Modern Era | Classical
Bloch studied in Belgium and Germany, and his early works are in a rich late-Romantic style that owes much to Richard Strauss; this stage culminated in his powerful opera Macbeth (1909). In the following years, he sought a language that would reflect his Jewish faith in music of fervent solemnity with Eastern colouring: the symphony with voices Israel (1916), Schelomo (‘Solomon’, 1916), for cello and orchestra, Avodath Hakodesh (‘Sacred Service’, 1933) and others. Some instrumental works are in a neo-classical style as close to Vaughan Williams as to Stravinsky.
Schelomo, André Navarra, Czech PO (cond) Karel Ančerl (Supraphon)
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