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Bloch: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2; Poème mystique; Nigun; Pärt: Fratres / Elsa Grether, violin; Ferenc Vizi, piano

Album Summary

>Bloch, Ernest : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 ("Poème Mystique")
>Bloch, Ernest : Baal Shem (Three Pictures of Chassidic Life)
>Bloch, Ernest : Sonata for violin & piano no 1
>Pärt, Arvo : Fratres, for violin & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

For her first recording, charismatic young violinist Elsa Grether and Romanian pianist Ferenc Vizi perform two sonatas for violin and piano by Ernest Bloch, which form a diptych. The composer described the first as "the world as it is: the frantic struggle of blind and primordial forces," and the second as "the world as it should be, the world of which we dream; a world full of idealism, faith, fervor, and hope, where Jewish themes go side by side with the Credo and the Gloria of the Gregorian Chant." The sonatas are framed by Arvo Pärt's Fratres, a ritual between silence and sound, and Bloch's Nigun, part of his famous cycle Baal Shem, probably one his most popular pieces. The title of the album, Poème Mystique, aptly evokes a vibrant program composed of works of great emotional power and linked by a profound sentiment of mysticism, whether they draw their inspiration from Gregorian chant or from Judaism.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Flagey (Studio 4), Brussels (Belgium) (07/28/2012-07/31/2012).



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Works Details

>Bloch, Ernest : Sonata for violin & piano no 2 ("Poème Mystique")
  • Performers: Elsa Grether (Violin); Ferenc Vizi (Piano)
  • Notes: Flagey (Studio 4), Brussels (Belgium) (07/28/2012-07/31/2012)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1924

>Bloch, Ernest : Baal Shem (Three Pictures of Chassidic Life) :: Nigun
  • Performers: Elsa Grether (Violin); Ferenc Vizi (Piano)
  • Notes: Flagey (Studio 4), Brussels (Belgium) (07/28/2012-07/31/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923

>Bloch, Ernest : Sonata for violin & piano no 1
  • Performers: Elsa Grether (Violin); Ferenc Vizi (Piano)
  • Notes: Flagey (Studio 4), Brussels (Belgium) (07/28/2012-07/31/2012)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920

>Pärt, Arvo : Fratres, for violin & piano
  • Performers: Elsa Grether (Violin); Ferenc Vizi (Piano)
  • Notes: Flagey (Studio 4), Brussels (Belgium) (07/28/2012-07/31/2012)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1977-1980