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In The Shadow Of War [SACD]

Steven Isserlis , Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin , Tapiola Sinfonietta , Ernest Bloch , Frank Bridge , et al. Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (25 Feb 2013)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: SACD
  • Label: BIS
  • ASIN: B00AL3N8KA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 136,642 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Schelomo21:34Album Only
Listen  2. Oration, "Concerto elegiaco"29:28Album Only
Listen  3. The Loneliest Wilderness16:37Album Only

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This programme is well conceived and draws some truly moving playing. The coda to Bridge's Oration makes a serious challenge for the title of 'most beautiful ending to a cello concerto' Isserlis.

Schelomo is an extraordinary work where Bloch seems to have created a new musical language inspired by Jewish music dating back thousands of years. Often mistaken for film music, Schelomo's immediacy and descriptiveness has influenced many film composers.

Isserlis plays the 'Marquis de Corberon' Stradivarius of 1726, formerly owned by Zara Nelsova who was the first to record Bloch's Schelomo's with the composer conducting.


'I don't know Isserlis's earlier recording, but this new one is really fine. From an audiophile point of view, it's spectacular: BIS provides exceptional sound here and throughout this disc. But more than that, Isserlis gets to the heart of the work, understands its meditative fervour as well as the more flamboyant outbursts and has magnificent accompaniment...The notes by Isserlis himself are thoughtful, interesting and well written - good on the individual works as well as the overall concept of the programme.' --International Record Review, April 2013

'Hauntingly titled 'In the Shadow of War' and accompanied by an insightful essay by Steven Isserlis, this outstanding collection finds the great cellist at the peak of his powers, playing with a poetic urgency that galvanises the attention.' ***** --Sinfini Music - Julian Haylock

'A mood of poignant intensity characterises the three works here...Isserlis conveys its [Schelomo's] simple, urgent message.' --The Observer, 07/04/2013, Fiona Maddocks

'Isserlis's spellbinding advocacy of Bridge's raptly compassionate masterpiece in particular has acquired an extra richness of experience and plangent intensity (the epilogue will haunt you for days, I promise)...' --Gramophone, May 2013

'It is a measure of the deeply committed and moving performances here that there is never a sense of a monochromatic sound picture in the readings; every ounce of the plangent inner depths of the two masterpieces (the Bloch and the bridge) is explored, and the not unattractive Hough piece is not too obviously form a less elevated level of inspiration.' --Classical CD Choice

'This profoundly engaging reading [Oration] sets a new standard. Anyone who has heard Steven Isserlis's gripping live performances f the work will recognise his intense engagement with Bridge's complex narrative, his subtly nuanced dramatisation of each episode. What he has achieved in this beautifully balanced new recording with Hugh Wolff is a breathtaking new fluency and freedom.' --BBC Music Magazine, June 2013

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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb disc 7 Jun 2013
By John Wilson VINE VOICE
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This is a simply superb piece of music-making by Isserlis and the orchestra. I'm rather ashamed to say that prior to purchasing the disc I had heard of, but not heard, Bloch's Schemolo. When I did hear it I was stunned. This is a masterpiece. Anyone who treasures late-Romantic or tragic post-Romantic music should listen. Bloch's piece is based on texts from Eccliasticus and its subject is Solomon and the tragedy of wisdom. Isserlis adds to the enjoyment by providing detailed and comprehensive notes to the piece so you can hear and understand every nuance. And every nuance is audible in this triumph of recording technology.Isserlis, as those who know his playing will know, injects into the performance a personal emotional commitment that is almost tangible. This is music which clearly touches Isserlis personally and in this performance he bears his soul for all to see.

The Frank Bridge work, Oration, is one which Isserlis has recorded previously. His interpretation has deepened and his intimate knowledge of Bridge's sometimes difficult aesthetic makes what can be a muddled piece a coherent and moving whole with excellent sound production again. Isserlis believes that the ending of the Bridge is among the greatest music written for the cello. With Isserlis's excellent notes again to guide the listener the Bridge becomes transparent and wholly accessible.

The last work on this CD is by Isserlis's long time friend, Stephen Hough, whose music is inspired by a poem of the Great War by Herbert Read. It was originally written for bassoon and orchestra but here it has found a new lease of life in a transcription for cello. The long melodic lines play to the cello's strength as does the sense of melancholy and loss which permeate the work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Shadow of War 11 Jun 2014
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A very interesting CD. So moving and apt in this particular year. Beautifully played as usual by the cellist Steven Isserlis
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific value 3 Aug 2013
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Great playing and recording. Bloch's Schelomo I know and love, and there are two new (to me) very moving pieces by Bridge, who was Benjamin Britten's mentor, and Stephen Hough, who is better known as a pianist, but on this evidence no mean composer. The set was highly rated at The recording is so good that the MP3 is satisfactory... And the price of the download for the three tracks was irresistible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good music, wish I knew more about it. 30 Oct 2013
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I enjoyed listening to this and was glad to know that Steven Hough's talents extend to orchestral writing. The cello playing by Isserlis is wonderful. It is romantically dark music but well done.
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