WORKS: Cello Concerto; Cello Concerto No. 1
PERFORMER: Zara Nelsova (cello); LPO/Adrian Boult, Ernest Ansermet
CATALOGUE NO: SBT 1361
Coincidentally, Bloch’s most famous composition Schelomo features in two contrasting performances, also dating from the 1950s. The Canadian cellist Zara Nelsova was particularly associated with the work, having made a famous Decca recording in 1949, with the composer conducting the LPO. This later version, accompanied by the same orchestra, demonstrates the noble and dignified qualities of her playing to their best advantage, the absence of self-indulgence here and in the two cello concertos by Lalo and Saint-Saëns bringing a disarming freshness to such well-worn favourites.