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Byline: Norman Stinchcombe

Bloch, Caplet, Ravel: Wallfish / BBC Wales SWISS?BORN Ernest Bloch had as many styles as Stravinsky. He composed thorny, complex modernist string quartets, neoclassical concerto grossi and embarrassingly kitsch homilies to his adopted homeland America.

But his best and most popular work reflects his Jewish roots. Raphael Wallfisch's warm and generous playing style fits Bloch's two works for cello and orchestra perfectly.

The Hebrew rhapsody Schelemo is impassioned and sensual (not unlike Vaughan Williams' Flos Campi) while Voice in the Wilderness explores the vein of mysticism in Judaism.

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales gives sterling support under Wallfisch's composerconductor son Benjamin.

Another Hebrew melody Kaddish by Ravel is an inspired choice - colourful, idiomatic and never mere pastiche. Andre Caplet's gentler and more restrained Epiphanie is about the Magi's adoration of Jesus but its exoticism, inspired by Ethiopian folk music, means that it fits perfectly into the programme. A winner for Wallfisch father and son - highly recommended.

Norman Stinchcombe
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Mar 13, 2014
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