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Barber · Bernstein · Bloch

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Catalogue numberBIS-1662 SACD
Release date2009-11-28
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time70:31

The three works for violin and orchestra gathered here testify both to the versatility of Vadim Gluzman as a performer and to the richness and variety of the influences at play in American music during the 20th century. Like the text by Plato which inspired it, Bernstein's Serenade, from 1954, is a series of statements in praise of love. Musically it is typical of its maker, with allusions both to his own music and to works by Bartók, Mendelssohn and Stravinsky, and with a hint of jazz in the finale. Composed some thirty years earlier, Ernest Bloch's Baal Shem turns to the Jewish culture of Eastern Europe, dealing specifically with aspects of the Chassidic movement. Its second movement, Nigun (Improvisation) is probably Bloch's most famous work for the violin, an attempt to recreate the ecstasy generated by fervent religious singing. Samuel Barber, on the other hand, was deeply fascinated by the music of J.S. Bach and Brahms, although this is not always obvious in his music. His Violin Concerto, which he began to compose in Switzerland in 1939, while war was breaking out in Europe, has been described as having 'a chastened and aristocratic classic style'. That violinist Vadim Gluzman possesses the musical convictions and the supreme command of his instrument to do justice to all of these works will be clear to anyone who has encountered his previous concerto disc, with works by Tchaikovsky and Glazunov. The recipient of numerous distinctions, it was glowingly reviewed, for instance in International Record Review: 'The variety of tone, lithe, sinuous and febrile ... is truly exceptional.' Gluzman is here supported by the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) under John Neschling, a team that has demonstrated its versatility on a number of recordings ranging from Villa-Lobos' Choros to Liszt's piano concertos.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Bernstein, Leonard
  Serenade after Plato’s ‘Symposium’ for solo violin,
strings, harp and percussion
01 I. Phaedrus: Pausanias. Lento – Allegro marcato 06:31 $ 1.37 USD
02 II. Aristophanes. Allegretto 04:37 $ 0.97 USD
03 III. Eryximachus. Presto 01:27 $ 0.30 USD
04 IV. Agathon. Adagio 07:01 $ 1.47 USD
05 V. Socrates: Alcibiades. Molto tenuto – Allegro molto
10:48 $ 2.27 USD
  Composer: Bloch, Ernest
  Baal Shem – Three pictures of Chassidic Life 15:05
06 I. Vidui (Contrition) 03:18 $ 0.69 USD
07 II. Nigun (Improvisation) 06:55 $ 1.45 USD
08 III. Simchas Torah (Rejoicing) 04:52 $ 1.02 USD
  Composer: Barber, Samuel
  Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op.14 23:27
09 I. Allegro 10:40 $ 2.24 USD
10 II. Andante 08:53 $ 1.87 USD
11 III. Presto in moto perpetuo 03:54 $ 0.82 USD
  Album total 70:31
ComposerBarber, Samuel
Bernstein, Leonard
Bloch, Ernest
OrchestraSão Paulo Symphony Orchestra
ConductorNeschling, John
ViolinGluzman, Vadim

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