Bloch: Violin Sonata No. 1; Violin Sonata No. 2 (Poème mystique); Suite hébraïque; Abodah; Melody

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COMPOSERS: Bloch
LABELS: Naxos
WORKS: Violin Sonata No. 1; Violin Sonata No. 2 (Poème mystique); Suite hébraïque; Abodah; Melody
PERFORMER: Miriam Kramer (violin), Simon Over (piano)
CATALOGUE NO: 8.554460
As these strong, passionate performances show, Bloch’s chamber music is well worth re-examining, especially the one-movement Second Violin Sonata. So he was a Romantic rhapsodist rather than a rigorous intellectual – so what? The recordings favour the violin, with the piano somewhat muffled. Stephen Johnson

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