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In the Shadow of War - Bloch: Schelomo; Hough: The Loneliest Wilderness; Bridge: Oration / Steven Isserlis, cello

> Schelomo - Schelomo
> Oration, Concerto elegiaco - Oration, "Concerto elegiaco"
> The Loneliest Wilderness - The Loneliest Wilderness

Album Summary

>Bloch, Ernest : Schelomo
>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Oration, concerto elegiaco for cello & orchestra, H. 180
>Hough, Stephen [Piano] : The Loneliest Wilderness, elegy for cello & orchestra
Performer Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Observer, 7th April 2013
A mood of poignant intensity characterises the three works here, played by Steven Isserlis with two different orchestras...Some ridiculed [Schelomo] as suitable only for a Hollywood epic but Isserlis conveys its simple, urgent message.

Gramophone Magazine, May 2013
Isserlis's spellbinding advocacy of Bridge's raptly compassionate masterpiece in particular has acquired an extra richness of experience and plangent intensity...both performances [the Hough and the Bloch] really are tremendously compelling in their articulate composure, nourishing intelligence and clear-sighted purpose.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2013
This profoundly engaging reading [of the Bridge] sets a new standard. [in Schelomo] nothing is forced or overdone, no rhetoric or posturing gets in the way of the work's own soulful expression...What he has achieved in this beautifully balanced recording with Hugh Wolff is a breathtaking new fluency and freedom.

American Record Guide, July/August 2013
This is a program of major single-movement tone poems for cello and orchestra. It has become perhaps the most memorable work for cello and orchestra of the century. My teacher, Leonard Rose, made one of the greatest recordings of it with Dmitri Mitropoulos and the New York Philharmonic back in the early 1950s. Isserlis plays it with depth and beauty. The orchestra plays well. This tends to mar my concentration on the beautiful phrasing that Isserlis and the orchestra are trying to achieve. Stephen Hough's tone poem is lovely. Perhaps it is the smaller orchestra used for this work, or perhaps Takacs-Nagy has better concentration. These are all concepts that require intense concentration of forces, and both the playing and recording are up there with the best.

MusicWeb International, 31st July 2013
Bloch's famous Schelomo is given a superb performance, with Isserlis on inspired form. This is music that can seem overblown in the wrong hands, but here everything goes marvellously...This is an outstanding disc of glorious music, superbly played and recorded.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem, Germany (01/2012); Tapiola Concert Hall, Finland (01/2012); Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin-Dahlem, Germany (11/2009); Tapiola Concert Hall, Finland (11/2009).



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Works Details

>Bloch, Ernest : Schelomo
  • Performer: Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Conductor: Hugh Wolff
  • Ensemble: Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin
  • Running Time: 21 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1915-1916

>Bridge, Frank [Composer] : Oration, concerto elegiaco for cello & orchestra, H. 180
  • Performer: Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Conductor: Hugh Wolff
  • Ensemble: Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin
  • Running Time: 29 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1929-1930

>Hough, Stephen [Piano] : The Loneliest Wilderness, elegy for cello & orchestra
  • Performer: Steven Isserlis (Cello)
  • Conductor: Gabor Takacs-Nagy
  • Ensemble: Tapiola Sinfonietta
  • Running Time: 16 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2005