2021-12-17 03:34:27 UTC
Ernest Bloch: Concerto symphonique; Concerto grosso No. 1; Scherzo
Jenny Lin, piano/SWR Rundfunkorchster Kaiserslautern/Jiri Starek, conductor.
Hanssler Classic CD 93.192
The Concerto symphonique for piano and orchestra is agitated, dramatic,
and maybe a bit bombastic. It gets the full treatment here, maybe a bit
you know other recordings. The Scherzo fantasque performance is cut
from the same cloth, but slightly more restrained. Both great fun.
The Concerto Grosso is my favorite Bloch composition, and it seems to me
requires a different approach than the other two works, and the performers
gears to do well by it. It's quite good. I've never heard a performance
that rivals my memory of
the early Mercury mono recording with Kubelik and the Chicago Symphony. But
if I heard it now, it wouldn't rival my memory, either.