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Bloch: Symphony In C Sharp Minor [Dalia Atlas, London Symphony Orchestra] [Naxos: 8573241]

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  • Conductor: Dalia Atlas
  • Composer: Ernest Bloch
  • Audio CD (2 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,146 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Symphony in C-Sharp Minor: I. Lento - Allegro agitato ma molto energico22:03Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony in C-Sharp Minor: II. Andante molto moderato11:10Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony in C-Sharp Minor: III. Vivace10:17Album Only
Listen  4. Symphony in C-Sharp Minor: IV. Allegro energico e molto marcato11:02Album Only
Listen  5. Poems of the Sea (version for orchestra): I. Waves: Poco agitato 4:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Poems of the Sea (version for orchestra): II. Chanty: Andante misterioso 3:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Poems of the Sea (version for orchestra): III. At Sea: Allegro vivo 5:43£0.79  Buy MP3 

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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 flavours 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).

Ernest Bloch's works in Jewish style have become popular repertoire pieces, but the wide range of work beyond this sphere remains neglected. Dalia Atlas has already conducted two highly successful Bloch releases for Naxos, the "fascinating and highly rewarding collection" (Penguin Guide) including the Four Episodes (8.570259) and America (8.557151). She considers Bloch's magnificent early Symphony in C minor as his "greatest and best work", and with the superb London Symphony Orchestra this will become an instant first choice.

Dalia Atlas won seven prizes in prestigious international conducting competitions, the first woman to do so, and was immediately invited to conduct major orchestras. She has undertaken extensive research into the music of Ernest Bloch to reveal and revive his neglected compositions. She is President of the Ernest Bloch Society in Israel and Vice President of the Ernest Bloch International Society in London.


'the passionate romantic heart that beats firmly throughout its hour-long span is fruitfully and stirringly tapped by the LSO under Dalia Atlas.' --The Daily Telegraph; Geoffrey Norris, 31st August 2013

'The LSO play Bloch's Symphony in C sharp minor marvellously and Dalia Atlas conducts it with understanding and conviction...All in all it is undoubtedly impressive, when played with such conviction and so well recorded too.' --Gramophone, October 2013

'The LSO's brass and woodwind excel in this magnificent recording, conducted by Bloch specialist Dalia Atlas, who displays a complete mastery of the complex, rhapsodic score.' --The Observer, 17 November 2013

'Dalia Atlas has made several distinguished recordings of Bloch's music for Naxos and this new release, with its accomplished playing from the LSO, demonstrates her continuing commitment to the composer.' --BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2013

'The LSO's playing is lustily magnificent...Atlas and the LSO dispatch the set [Poems of the Sea] with expertise and aplomb...This superb production is a worthy addition to the Naxos Bloch library. Lovers of late-Romantic orchestral splendour should not hesitate.' --International Record Review, December 2013

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting new music 22 Sep 2013
Format:Audio CD
Playing this new CD for the first time was also the first time I had ever heard the music. I played it three times in succession, to give myself a chance to assess it properly. The Symphony takes a few plays to get into, with a quiet start building to some impressive climaxes. The end, similarly, fades out in a way reminiscent of Sibelius's 4th and 6th symphonies. It is never less than interesting, and those first few plays lead me to believe that it will repay regular listening in the future. The three Poems of the Sea have a more immediate attraction, being full of good tunes, and complement the Symphony perfectly. Happily Naxos leave a ten-second gap after the Symphony, and the quiet start to the first, Waves, fits well with the end of the Symphony. When, though, will producers learn to put fillers first; the Symphony, after all, is the main course and should so often be the last thing one hears. Still, if it has to be ordered like this, this issue is as near perfect a fit as there is.
Excellent recording, and very good performances make this an easy recommendation on all counts.
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There was a time when the Swiss composer Ernest Bloch (1880-1959) was as highly regarded as any composer of the time. His chamber music was particularly highly valued; the Pelican book on "Chamber Music", first published in 1957, devotes a whole chapter to him. Bloch's music is now less often played ("Schelomo" for 'cello and orchestra, his best known piece, has not been heard at the London Proms for nearly twenty years) but recently there has been a resurgence of interest in his music on disc.

The Symphony in C# minor was completed in 1903. As an early work, it shows the influence of the leading composers of the day, in particular Richard Strauss. To modern ears the influence of Mahler is also apparent although, it seems, Bloch had not heard any Mahler when he wrote his symphony. When the second and third movements were first performed at the Basle Festival of Swiss-German music under the direction of the composer they caused a storm. One critic suggested that the "concert police" should be employed to lock up composers guilty of such prolonged torture. Nobody would respond in this way now, though. Indeed, the symphony turns out to be an attractive and approachable work which I can confidently recommend. This is because its many pages of impressive symphonic argument are built on real tunes which you will pick up even at a first hearing. The first movement, Dalia Atlas says in the informal notes she has written for this disc, is divided into three parts "which leave their mark owing to the deep and strong emotional expression, ranging from the dark abyss and sorrow to peaks of sweeping force and then back to the dark abyss". More technically, it is a sonata structure (the recapitulation begins at 15 mins 31 secs) with an extended introduction and a coda.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful symphony uncovered 25 Aug 2014
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This is just stunning music! At times like Mahler on speed, or the perfect combination of Respighi and Mahler. Composed while Bloch was still a student in Germany, this is typical music of a young composer, there's a lot of everything. Orchestration is as rich as ever, and there are lots of ideas. What makes this work stick out is the expertise with which it is all handled. Many a composer would have everything turning into muddy loudness with this amount of inspiration, but Bloch really gets the most out of the orchestra with a balanced result.

The LSO under Dalia Atlas, who is something of a Bloch specialist, handle this score with remarkable control and enthusiasm, given that this must be new music to them. But then sight reading and performing with little rehersal is something of their speciality. If there is sound or two that migt be just a bit edgy, one must remember that the demands put on the players are extraordinary. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A lovely surprise 14 Feb 2014
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New to me, and bought on speculation, as I love to try new things, this music has given me great pleasure. It rewards the listener with a wide compass of emotional, vibrant and melodic moods, and I am only surprised that this composer's music is not more widely featured in concerts or broadcasts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 15 Aug 2014
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excellent recording
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