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Bloch: Suite For Viola | Suite Hebraique [Hong-Mei Xiao, Budapest Symphony Orchestra, Mariusz Smolij] [Naxos: 8570829]

Hong-Mei Xiao , Budapest Symphony Orchestra , Ernest Bloch , Mariusz Smolij Audio CD
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  • Conductor: Mariusz Smolij
  • Composer: Ernest Bloch
  • Audio CD (3 Jun 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B00CFFT87Y
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 159,404 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Baal Shem (arr. Hong-Mei Xiao for viola and orchestra): No. 1. Vidui (Contrition) 3:21£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Baal Shem (arr. Hong-Mei Xiao for viola and orchestra): No. 2. Nigun (Improvisation) 6:39£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Baal Shem (arr. Hong-Mei Xiao for viola and orchestra): No. 3. Simchas Torah (Rejoicing in the Holy Scriptures) 4:44£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Suite for Viola and Orchestra: I. Lento - Allegro - Moderato13:22Album Only
Listen  5. Suite for Viola and Orchestra: II. Allegro ironico 5:36£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Suite for Viola and Orchestra: III. Lento 5:24£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Suite for Viola and Orchestra: IV. Molto vivo 8:56Album Only
Listen  8. Suite hebraique*: I. Rapsodie 6:20£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Suite hebraique*: II. Processional: Andante con moto 2:19£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Suite hebraique*: III. Affirmation: Maestoso 3:42£0.69  Buy MP3 

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Although Ernest Blochs exploration of the Jewish Soul focused on a cycle of seven works written between 1911 and 1916, he returned to Jewish themes throughout his life. Baal Shem explores Eastern European Hasidic traditions in all their expressive intensity in this version for viola and orchestra transcribed by soloist Hong-Mei Xiao. Blochs 1918 Coolidge Prize-winning Suite for Viola and Orchestra remains one of the twentieth centurys enduringly important works for the instrument, whilst the Suite hébraïque, written in his last decade, absorbs Jewish elements ever more fluently and subtly.

Baal Shem is a staple of the violin repertoire but in a valuable move soloist HongMei Xiao has transcribed it for viola. The Suite hébraïque is often coupled with Blochs First and Second Viola Sonatas or with orchestral works such as America or the Epic Rhapsody. The prize-winning Suite generally gets coupled with pieces by Bloch like Schelomo, or with Rebecca Clarkes Sonata, which Bloch pipped at the post for the prize.

Hong-Mei Xiao won first prize at the 1987 Geneva International Music Competition. Her extraordinary artistry and brilliant virtuoso technique have gained accolades from reviewers across the globe.

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Baal Shem - Suite pour alto & orchestre - Suite hébraïque / Hong-Mei Xiao, alto - Budapest Symphony Orchestra MÁV - Mariusz Smolij, direction

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5.0 out of 5 stars An oustanding performer in an outstanding cd! 16 July 2013
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I can't understand why Hong-Mei Xiao has recorded so few cds! She is an outstanding violist that reached the same level of the best well know performers of the present and the past.
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