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Bloch: Symphony C sharp minor; Poems of the Sea / London SO, Atlas

Album Summary

>Bloch, Ernest : Symphony in C sharp minor
>Bloch, Ernest : Poems of the Sea, for orchestra (or piano)
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Composed while Ernest Bloch was studying in Germany and before he moved to America, the richly scored Symphony in C sharp minor fits within the romantic tradition of Richard Strauss, Mahler and Bruckner. It expresses Bloch's innermost struggles and emotions, revealing his complex talents through rhapsodic forms, exceptional polyphony and modal tonalities. Inspired by Walt Whitman, the Poems of the Sea depict the oceans with striking clarity, including flavors of Irish folk music. Dalia Atlas is a leading expert on Bloch, her acclaimed recordings including America (8.557151) and Four Episodes (8.570259), 'a disc not to be missed' (Penguin Guide).

Gramophone Magazine, October 2013
"The LSO play Bloch's Symphony in C sharp minor marvellously and Dalia Atlas conducts it with understanding and conviction...The richness and colour of the orchestration are very striking indeed.

MusicWeb International, 15th October 2013
This disc will, I hope, win new admirers for the Songs of the Sea. Those who are tempted by this work will find the symphony highly enjoyable too, especially in this committed performance.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
The Symphony in C minor was written in 1901 when Bloch was 21. He gave programmatic titles to the four movements that later fell by the wayside: I. The Tragedy of Life: doubts, struggles, hopes. II. Happiness, Faith. III. Struggle: the irony and sarcasms of life. IV. Will, Happiness. Its sound is wonderfully Straussian. I have Bloch's original manuscript for Poems of the Sea. It's beautifully played here. I am grateful to Dalia Atlas for finally giving us a recording worthy of this music (both pieces). The symphony, by the way, lasts almost 55 minutes in this recording - by far the most expansive performance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Abbey Road, Studio 1, London (11/14/2011-11/15/2011).



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>Bloch, Ernest : Symphony in C sharp minor
  • Conductor: Dalia Atlas
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Abbey Road, Studio 1, London (11/14/2011-11/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 54 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1901-1902

>Bloch, Ernest : Poems of the Sea, for orchestra (or piano)
  • Conductor: Dalia Atlas
  • Notes: Abbey Road, Studio 1, London (11/14/2011-11/15/2011)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1922