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 / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    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
    Hänssler Classic
    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