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BORIS BLOCH
Ukranian pianist and conductor (b 1951)



Boris Bloch, a stunningly under-appreciated pianist, studied with Tatiana Nikolayeva and Dmitri Bashkirov at the Moscow Conservatory. His playing has been compared to that of Simon Barere and Vladimir Horowitz, which latter said to him after hearing him play, "You are blessed with great pianistic gifts and that is most important!"

Boris Bloch's performance of the Liszt transcription of the Schubert song "Gretchen am Sprinnrade may be the best, most beautifully payed and most profound performance of anything I have ever heard. Every time I hear it, my breath is taken away. My fervent wish is to hear him play Liszt's "Harmonies du Soir, my favorite work of Liszt and a piece that makes palpable one of the all too common expressions of my yout dealing with the hearing of colors and the seeing of sounds.

Boris Bloch's Scarlatti is beautiful to my ear. Some might complain that his performance is not stylistically correct while not noticing that they are being payed on a modern grand piano. Bloch takes advantage of every nuanced capability of the instrument and the result, tinged with a foreshadowing of Schubert, is just lovely.

Boris Bloch is also a fine conductor. Some examples of his art are to be found at the end of this page.



Boris Bloch  Recital


Schubert  2 Impromptus, 
Op 90
1 in C minor
10:59 2 in E major

Mendelssohn  4 Lieder ohne Worte, Op 62
16:31  1 in G major Andante espressivo
18:59  2 in B
 major Allegro con fuoco
21:05  5 in A minor Andante con moto (Venetian boat song)
23:51  6 in A major Allegretto grazioso (Spring song)

26:55  Tchaikovsky  "Dumka" Op 59

36:39  Chopin-Liszt  6 Polish Songs, S 480

54:51  Grieg  3 Lyric pieces: "Butterfly", "To the Spring", "Wedding Day at Troldhaugen"

May 29, 2014 in Drahichyn, Belarus




Scarlatti  Keyboard Sonatas


2009 video




in D major, K 491
2004 video, Berlin




in E major, K 20
2004 video, Berlin




Bach  Fantasie in C minor, BWV 906




Bach  Keyboard Concerto in D minor, BWV 974
after the oboe concerto by Allessandro Marcello


i Andante e spiccato




ii Adagio




iii Presto




Mozart  Piano Concerto 9 in E major, K 271 "Jeunehomme"

i Allegro
11:10  ii Andantino
23:29  iii Rondo - Presto

A. Berin conducting the Mozart Sinfonietta Rome




Chopin  Allegro de Concert, Op 46

2014 recital, Misk




Chopin  Three Mazurkas

Mazurka in B major, B 16~2
01:50  Mazurka in A minor, Op 68~2
04:55  Mazurka in C major B 82 (4:55)

2014 video, Minsk




Chopin  Nocturne 13 in C minor, Op 48~1

February 22, 2013 Chopin birthday concert in Damstadt




Chopin  Walzes, Op 64

February 22, 2013 Chopin birthday concert in Damstadt


Op 34~1 in A major
Op 34~2 in A minor




Op 64~1 in D major
Op 64~2 in C
 minor




Schubert-Liszt  Lieder


"Gretchen am Spinnrade"




"Ave Maria"




Liszt   from Grandes Études de Paganini, S 141

2001 video Lviv, Ukraine


1 in G minor "Tremolo"




3 "La Campanella"




Liszt  Hungarian Rhapsody 12, S 244

2001 video, Lviv


beginning




conclusion




Liszt  2014 Minsk Recital

Funérailles (from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses)
14:30  Danza sacra e duetto finale d’Aida (after Verdi), S 436
26:50  Pensée des morts (from Harmonies poétiques et religieuses)




Liszt  Tarantella de Dargomyjski, S 483

2014 video, Berlin




Tchaikovsky  Dumka, Op 59

from a concert on the 120th anniversary of the composer's death




Tchaikovsky  Introduction to the opera Pique Dame
Boris Bloch conducting the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Odessa

2005 video




Rimsky-Korsakov  from Four Symphonic Pictures from the opera Legend of the invisible city of Kitezh

Boris Bloch conducting the National Philharmonic Orchestra of Odessa


1 A Hymn to Nature




2 Wedding Precession & Tatar Invasion
3 Battle of Kerzhenets




4 "Death of Fevroniya & assention into the invisible City"


Beginning




Conclusion










Rimsky-Korsakov  "Death of Fevroniya & Assention into the invisible city" part 2
(4 from Four symphonic pictures from the opera Legend of the invisible city of Kitezh)

National Philharmonic Orchestra of Odessa




For those of you who enjoy murder mysteries, here is my first with a strong musical polemic as background

Murder in the House of the Muse

which is also available as an audiobook.



And this is the more recently published second mystery in the series:

Murder Follows the Muse



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