ERNEST BLOCH (1880-1959) ‘Israel’ Symphony Schelomo (Rhapsody for Cello) ; Three Jewish Poems


Utah Symphony, Maurice Abravanel, Zara Nelsova (cello*), New Zealand Symphony, James Sedares

Catalogue Number: ALC 1477
Number of Discs: 1 CD
Date/Runtime: Time: 74:33 ADD/DDD 1967/93
Barcode: 5055354414770


“Bloch’s Israel Symphony is a large-scale work anticipating the Hollywood film composers’ styles for biblical epics … the vigour and spontaneity of Abravanel’s Utah performances … transferred to CD with great success” [Penguin Guide] “Nelsova’s Schelomo , with Abravanel’s support, is a fitting setting for the cellist who was Bloch’s own choice for the work.” “The Three Jewish Poems hints towards Respighi’s Roman triptych (then yet to be composed) … Bloch’s subtly coloured canvasses seem custom-built for an age increasingly attracted to late-romantic musical tone-painting. We are therefore greatly indebted to Sedares for these clear-headed, sensitively turned performances, extremely well engineered. Anyone with a taste for atmospheric evocations cannot fail to enjoy” [Gramophone]

Trois Poèmes Juifs (Three Jewish Poems) (1913) [25:46]
[1] Dance: Poco animato 8:53
[2] Rite: Calmo (Andante moderato) 7:16
[3] Funeral Procession: Lento assai 9:36
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra / James Sedares
Recorded October 1993 at Symphony House, Wellington, New Zealand
Producer/Engineer: Michael Fine Assistant Producer: Tamra Saylor Fine
Production Coordinator: Susan Napodano Technical Assistant: Geoffrey Eyles
[4] Schelomo, Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra* [19:19]
Zara Nelsova, cello* / Utah Symphony Orchestra / Abravanel
‘Israel’ Symphony [29:10]
[5] Adagio molto, ‘Prayer in the Desert’ 4:30
[6] Allegro agitato, ‘Yom Kippur’ 13:09
[7] Moderato, ‘Succoth’ 11:03
Blanche Christensen & Jean Basinger Fraenkel, sopranos
Christina Politis & Diane Heder, altos Don Watts, bass
Utah Symphony Orchestra / Maurice Abravanel
(4-7) Recorded April 1967 in Salt Lake City, Utah; Producer: Seymour Solomon
Engineer: Ed Friedner; Digital Remastering: David Baker
[4-7] Licensed from Vanguard Classics, [1]-[3] from Koch International
Mastered for Alto by Paul Arden-Taylor (

Additional information

Weight 120 g
Dimensions 12.2 × 13.5 × 2 cm