Ernest Bloch

Concerto Grosso No.1, for string orchestra & piano

    Description by Joseph Stevenson

    Because of this work's name and its 1925 compoisition date, it poses in the guise of a neo-classical composition. It is, in fact, modern in harmony, and sound, romantic in its mood and subjectivity, and classical only as to its forms and in the way the piano is treated as a voice emerging from the orchestral group. It is a vigorous and sweeping work. Its first movement, "Prelude, " marked "allegro energico e pesante, " ("energetically fast and heavy") begins with arresting and aggressive chords, which creates a feeling of strength rare in pieces lacking any wind instruiments or percussion. The second movement, "Dirge, " is what its title sugggests. The charming and lighter-hearted third movement is again explained by its title, "Pastoral and Rustic Dances." For the Finale Bloch turned to a form which is associated with Bach, a "Fugue, " a strong fast piece with modern harmonic tartness. Considered a leading work of the period.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Prelude (Allegro energico e pesante)
    2. Dirge (Allegro moderato)
    3. Pastorale & Rustic Dances (Assai lento - Allegro)
    4. Fugue (Allegro)

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 SWR Music SWR 19420CD
    2013 MSR Classics MS 1415
    2013 Gall (formerly Gallo) / Gallo CD 1395
    2012 Naxos 8572743
    2010 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 5099945631
    2009 ATMA Classique 2579
    2007 Haenssler 93192
    2007 Alba 234
    2005 Zephyr 13104
    2001 ASV CD DCA 1055
    2001 Intim Musik 068
    1997 EMI Music Distribution 66555
    1994 Delos DE3135
    1994 CPO 999096
    1994 Koch International Classics 37196-2
    1992 Centaur Records 2140
    1992 Chandos 8593
    1991 Mercury 432718