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Suite for solo violin No 2

composer
1958; commissioned by and dedicated to Yehudi Menuhin; first performed by Alberto Lysy, Wigmore Hall 2 January 1959

 
Suite No 2 for solo violin comprises four movements, played without pauses: Energico, deciso; Moderato; Andante; Allegro molto. The improvisatory character of the opening movement recalls some of the material heard in certain impassioned passages in Baal Shem. The second movement, a gentle dance in compound time, with a striking chordal section as its centrepiece, is followed by a warm, lyrical Andante. The serene mood is shattered by the dissonant opening of the finale, which heralds a pounding perpetuum mobile full of repeated notes, broken chords and wide leaps.

Aside from frequently shifting tonal centres, occasional flirtations with serialism, and abrupt changes of tempo and dynamics, Bloch’s intention here was not to experiment with modern techniques, but rather to extend the ethos of the eighteenth century into the language of his own epoch.

from notes by Alexander Knapp © 2007

La Suite no 2 pour violon solo compte quatre mouvements, joués à la file: Energico, deciso; Moderato; Andante; Allegro molto. Le caractère improvisé du mouvement d’ouverture rappelle une partie du matériau de certains passages fervents de Baal Shem. Le deuxième mouvement—une danse douce en mesure composée avec, en son centre, une saisissante section en accords—précède un chaleureux et lyrique Andante. Puis l’atmosphère sereine est assombrie par l’ouverture dissonante du finale, qui annonce un martelant perpetuum mobile gorgé de notes répétées, d’accords arpégés et de larges sauts.

Bloch a beau passer souvent d’un centre tonal à l’autre, flirter parfois avec le sérialisme, changer brusquement de tempo et de dynamique, il n’entend pas expérimenter ici les techniques modernes, mais plutôt étendre l’ethos du XVIIIe siècle au langage de son temps.

extrait des notes rédigées par Alexander Knapp © 2007
Français: Hypérion

Die Suite Nr. 2 für Solovioline besitzt vier Sätze, die ohne Pause durchgespielt werden: Energico, deciso; Moderato; Andante; Allegro molto. Der improvisatorische Charakter des Anfangssatzes erinnert an einiges Material, das in gewissen leidenschaftlichen Passagen in Baal Schem zu hören ist. Dem zweiten Satz, einem sanften Tanz im Dreiertakt mit einem bemerkenswerten akkordischen Abschnitt im Zentrum, folgt ein warm-lyrisches Andante. Die heitere Stimmung wird durch den dissonanten Einsatz des Finales gestört, der ein pochendes Perpetuum mobile voller repetierter Noten, gebrochener Akkorde und weiter Sprünge ankündigt.

Abgesehen von häufig wechselnden Tonzentren, gelegentlichem Flirten mit Serialismus und abruptem Wechsel von Tempo und Dynamik, beabsichtigt Bloch hier nicht, mit modernen Techniken zu experimentieren, sondern eher den Ethos des 18. Jahrhunderts in die Sprache seiner eigenen Epoche einzubringen.

aus dem Begleittext von Alexander Knapp © 2007
Deutsch: Renate Wendel

Recordings

Bloch & Ben-Haïm: Violin Music
CDA67571Archive Service

Details

Movement 1: Energico, deciso
Track 11 on CDA67571 [2'52] Archive Service
Movement 2: Moderato
Track 12 on CDA67571 [2'26] Archive Service
Movement 3: Andante
Track 13 on CDA67571 [3'03] Archive Service
Movement 4: Allegro molto
Track 14 on CDA67571 [2'54] Archive Service

Track-specific metadata for CDA67571 track 14

Allegro molto
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-07-57114
Duration
2'54
Recording date
25 May 2006
Recording venue
Jerusalem Music Centre, Israel
Recording producer
Eric Wen
Recording engineer
Phil McClelland
Hyperion usage
  1. Bloch & Ben-Haïm: Violin Music (CDA67571)
    Disc 1 Track 14
    Release date: February 2007
    Deletion date: June 2014
    Archive Service
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